Leighton Baines will be out until the new year after breaking his toe in the Merseyside derby .
The Everton star limped out of the frenzied contest after just 50 minutes, and after scans later in the afternoon, it was discovered he had a fractured metatarsal.
Blues boss Roberto Martinez is still waiting to get a full diagnosis from the medics, but the defender seems certain to be out for at least a month with the injury, which will mean he misses the crucial December period.
That is a huge blow for the Spanish coach, with Everton facing seven matches in the next four weeks, as they look to establish themselves in the race for a top four place.
Last week, Martinez insisted he would not be selling Baines in January. He said: "We were at that stage in the summer. But once we had that situation, when Marouane Fellaini and Victor Anichebe left, that gave us the opportunity to reinvest.
"Now we are in a position where we need a bit of continuity and time to squeeze our potential a...