Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini is likely to be out for six months because of an ankle injury, Everton manager David Moyes said on Tuesday.
He sustained the injury after a two-footed challenge from Liverpool's Sotiris Kyrgiakos earned the Greek defender a red card during the Merseyside derby at Anfield on February 6.
Fellaini, distinctive for his huge Afro hairstyle, escaped censure from referee Martin Atkinson after his own studs-up tackle on Kyrgiakos in the same incident.
"He's got a similar injury to Robin van Persie [ Images ] and it's probably going to keep him out for six months."
Arsenal's [ Images ] Dutch striker Van Persie has not played since November after rupturing ankle ligaments.