Everton starlet Jack Rodwell sidelined for up to six weeks after picking up groin injury in England U-21 defeat

Midfielder limped off

Everton have been hit with a bitter blow after finding out that youngster Jack Rodwell will face up to six weeks on the sidelines.

Rodwell lasted a mere 10 minutes before limping off against Italy Under-21s where Stuart Pearce's men went down 1-0 to a late Federico Macheda goal.

The player underwent scans on Wednesday at his club and confirmed the outcome on his own Twitter account on Wednesday evening:

"Four to six weeks out. Gutted, but will come back stronger," he posted.

The 19-year-old has been hampered with injuries over the past year, with this one being the most serious to date.

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