Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson is to see a specialist amid concerns his season has been ended by a knee injury which could also put his World Cup participation in doubt.

The Icelander played the full 90 minutes of the 2-0 win against Brighton at Goodison Park on Saturday but it has emerged he may have damaged ligaments.

Sigurdsson is to have the problem assessed on Monday evening but could be out for the rest of Everton’s campaign, which would throw into doubt his chances of featuring in Iceland’s first World Cup, in Russia this summer.

His brother Olafur Mar Sigurdsson has spoken to Icelandic media and claims the joint of the player’s right knee is damaged. “It is anticipated the 28-year-old Icelandic international could be sidelined for several weeks but it will only be after consulting with the specialist that a definitive time frame will be known,” an Everton statement read.

The £45m club-record signing endured a difficult start to his Everton career having moved from Swansea in the summer as his struggles were matched by the team’s.

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