Everton have confirmed record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson is set for six to eight weeks out with a knee injury, meaning he is likely to miss the rest of the Premier League campaign.
Sigurdsson picked up the injury during Saturday’s victory over Brighton and saw a specialist on Monday evening.
There were fears knee ligament damage could see the playmaker ruled out for a longer period , throwing his World Cup participation into doubt.
But the Iceland star’s World Cup hopes have been boosted as, provided he does not suffer any setbacks, he should have enough time to recover fully for Iceland's opening match against Argentina on June 16 in Russia.
An Everton statement read: "Following consultation with a specialist, it is anticipated that Gylfi Sigurdsson's knee injury, sustained in Saturday's Premier League win over Brighton, will keep him sidelined for between six and eight weeks."
Sigurdsson has had a mixed first campaign in a difficult season at Goodison Park but has grown in influence under the management of Sam Allardyce and has scored seven goals.
Allardyce said: "We'll continue to assess Gylfi's progress on a week-to-week basis and the medical team will work very closely with him, as they would with any injured player, to get him back playing as quickly as possible."