Neville out for up to two months after knee operation
READING, United Kingdom, Nov 17, 2012 (AFP) - Everton captain Phil Neville will be sidelined for up to two months after the midfielder was forced to undergo knee surgery.
Toffees boss David Moyes revealed after his side's 2-1 defeat at Reading on Saturday that Neville had the operation on Friday.
The 35-year-old former Manchester United star will miss a host of crucial matches, including fixtures against Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, as Everton try to push for a top four finish in the Premier League.
Moyes admitted Neville's influence was badly missed as previously winless Reading recovered from a goal down to beat Everton at the Madejski Stadium.
"He (Neville) had an operation on his knee yesterday that could keep him out for six to eight weeks," Moyes said.
"His leadership was missed but we were missing quite a lot of senior players today and you could see that by our bench. Thomas Hitzlsperger did OK, not too bad."