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Everton's Eliaquim Mangala set to miss rest of season

Everton's on-loan defender Eliaquim Mangala is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday.

Mangala, who arrived at Goodison Park on loan from Manchester City, underwent surgery after suffering the injury against Crystal Palace last month.

Allardyce hopes the return of Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines will help cover the Frenchman's absence ahead of Everton's trip to Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.

Allardyce arrived at Everton in November on an 18-month contract and made an instant impact to lift the relegation-threatened outfit up to ninth in the league standings.

British media reports say Everton are already lining up a new manager for next season, which comes as a surprise to the former England manager.

Everton have collected two wins and a draw in their last three home league matches but visit Burnley with just one league win on the road so far this season.

Michael Keane returns to Turf Moor for the first time since securing a move to Merseyside at the start of the campaign, with the defender "desperate" to help Everton rediscover away day success.

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