According to reports, Dele Alli is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a hip muscle injury. The 26-year-old midfielder, who is currently on loan at Turkish club Besiktas from Everton, returned to his parent club over the weekend for treatment on the issue. It is believed that Alli could be out of action for up to ten weeks, meaning he is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
The news will come as a blow to both Besiktas and Alli himself, who has been enjoying a productive spell in Turkey since joining on loan last summer. In total, he has made 15 appearances for the club, scoring three goals. However, it now seems that his time at Besiktas may be coming to an end, with the Mail reporting that he is set to miss the rest of the campaign.
Alli’s injury is also likely to have implications for his future at Everton. The midfielder is under contract at the club until the end of next season, but it remains to be seen whether he will return to Goodison Park once he has recovered from his injury. The Mail suggests that Alli will assess his options in the summer, with a view to potentially moving on from Everton.
The news of Alli’s injury comes just weeks after he was embroiled in a controversy with Besiktas manager Senol Gunes. Gunes accused Alli of going AWOL from training, prompting the midfielder to clarify on social media that he had been given permission to attend a doctor’s appointment. The incident raised questions about Alli’s future at Besiktas, with some suggesting that he could be sent back to Everton early.
Despite the recent controversy, Alli has been a key player for Besiktas this season, and his absence will be keenly felt by the club. However, Gunes has suggested that he is willing to wait for Alli to recover from his injury before making any decisions about his future. “Let Dele Alli recover from his injury,” he said. “Then we’ll take care of him. If he wants to stay, let him stay. If he wants to go, let him go. Let the conditions be good economically.”
For Alli, the injury is a setback in what has been a difficult season for him. The midfielder has struggled for form and fitness in recent years, leading to his loan move to Besiktas. However, he has shown glimpses of his old self during his time in Turkey, and will be hoping to put his injury problems behind him and rediscover his best form in the future.