Everton loanee could be out for rest of the season after suffering cruel injury blow

The forward has suffered a hamstring injury having impressed at Sunderland.

<p>Nathan Broadhead in action for Sunderland. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images</p>

Nathan Broadhead in action for Sunderland. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson has admitted on-loan Everton forward Nathan Broadhead’s season may have come to an end.

Broadhead has suffered a hamstring injury which will sideline him for at least three months.

‘It’s a bad one’

Broadhead joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan in August for regular first-team minutes.

The former Wales youth international has caught the eye at the Stadium of Light.

In total, he’s scored eight goals in 17 appearances as Sunderland bid for League One promotion at the fourth time of asking.

But in last week’s 5-1 defeat to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, in which Broadhead scored in, he was withdrawn at half-time.

He’s suffered a hamstring problem and may not play again this term.

Sunderland chief Johnson told the club’s website: “It’s a bad one for Nathan.

“I would say it will be a minimum of three months, but it could be the season.”

What will it mean for Broadhead’s Everton future?

In truth, not too much.

Although he’s been in rampant form for Sunderland, he’s still a long way off becoming a regular at Goodison Park.

Approaching the age of 24, he’s unlikely to make it at the Toffees, having made two appearances previously.

But Broadhead is still under contract until 2023 and Everton may look to cash in on him in the summer.

That, though, could depend on his recovery and potential suitors may want to ensure he’s 100% fit before making a swoop.