Distraught Alex Iwobi stretchered off in tears after nasty injury vs Man Utd

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    A distraught Alex Iwobi has been stretchered off in tears after suffering a nasty injury against Manchester United.

    The Everton midfielder was left clutching his ankle as he rolled around in pain following a strong tackle from Tyrell Malacia during the third round FA Cup tie. Iwobi had been leading a Toffees counter attack down the right flank before Malacia’s desperate challenge halted the move and left his opponent worse for wear.

    Everton captain Seamus Coleman was quick to call medical staff onto the pitch to attend to the Nigeria international as the extent of his injury became clear.

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    Following a pause in play, Iwobi was carried off the pitch in a stretcher and could be seen in tears from the pain and extent of the injury.

    Immediately after the incident, Everton fan and former boxing world champion Tony Bellew offered his support for Iwobi.

    "Devastated watching this game!" wrote Bellew. "Alex Iwobi has been phenomenal for so long now! Works himself into the ground every single week! We are going to miss him so so much! I hope you are ok champ."

    Former Everton winger Yannick Bolasie also tweeted: "That didn’t look good… Hope Iwobi will be okay."

    Just moments after Iwobi had left the field and was replaced by Abdoulaye Doucoure, United re-took the lead as Conor Coady stabbed Marcus Rashford's cross into his own net.

    Iwobi has been a rare bright spark for Everton in what has been a disappointing campaign so far, having taken to his new role in the centre of midfield under Frank Lampard.

    The 26-year-old has appeared in all 21 of the club's matches season across all competitions, including Friday night's cup tie, scoring once and providing six assists.

    His injury is set to leave Lampard's midfield depleted as the Toffees push to escape the relegation battle. They currently sit third bottom of the Premier League after 18 matches.

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