Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is understood to have suffered a thigh injury that is likely to keep him out for up to a month. The news is worsened further by the fact that Everton’s third-choice goalkeeper, is also out with a knee issue. However, he is expected to return sooner than Pickford. This will leave Asmir Begovic as the only senior goalkeeper at Goodison Park.

Everton considering looking at bringing in a free agent to help fill the gaps left by Pickford and Lonergan’s injuries. But Lonergan should return after the international break, while Begovic is considered to be solid cover for Pickford. They will use a younger goalkeeper as backup to Begovic while the pair are out.

Pickford is thought to have been troubled by the thigh problem in recent games.

The injury to Pickford could see him miss Everton’s games against Arsenal and West Ham United this month. If he is out for a full month, he would also miss the game against Southampton on October 1. Pickford has started all Premier League games so far this season.

Pickford is also likely to miss England’s Nations League games against Italy and Germany in the last two weeks of September.

The 28-year-old would have hoped to have been involved to cement his spot as Gareth Southgate’s No 1 ahead of this winter’s World Cup.