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Everton's Sigurdsson pulls out of Iceland squad with injury

Sigurdsson was scythed down by Jorginho in the draw against Chelsea. Credit: PA

Gylfi Sigurdsson will be unavailable for Iceland's Nations League clash against Belgium in Brussels because of the injury he sustained in Everton's goalless draw at Chelsea.

The midfielder was caught on the ankle by a challenge from Jorginho in the first half at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and he limped off with a little less than a quarter of an hour to go.

Toffees manager Marco Silva was critical of the tackle and hopes he will not lose Sigurdsson for an extended period, but the 29-year-old will be absent for Iceland's trip to Brussels on Thursday.

The Football Association of Iceland said in a tweet: "Gylfi Sigurdsson is injured and will not join the @footballiceland squad ahead of @UEFAEURO match vs @BelRedDevils on Nov 15th."

Iceland's relegation from the top tier of the Nations League has already been confirmed after losing all three of their Group Two fixtures, conceding 11 goals in the process.

It is not known whether Sigurdsson will return for Iceland's friendly against Qatar next Monday.

Sigurdsson has been an important presence in the Everton side this season, scoring five times in the Premier League, and the club will be keeping their fingers crossed he is not set for an extended period on the sidelines.

Everton welcome Cardiff to Goodison Park after the international break on November 24 before making the short trip to Anfield eight days later to take on Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Hallgrimsson quits as Iceland manager

Hallgrimsson led Iceland in a seminal World Cup for his country. Credit: PA

Heimir Hallgrimsson has stepped down from his role as Iceland coach in the wake of their historic World Cup finals appearance last month.

The FA of Iceland said the 51-year-old, who replaced Lars Lagerback in sole charge after Euro 2016, had taken the decision "at his own request".

Under Hallgrimsson - who continued to work as a dentist while in the job - Iceland drew their first World Cup match against Argentina but were eliminated at the group stage after defeats to Nigeria and Croatia.

Hallgrimsson was initially appointed as Lagerback's assistant in 2011 but became joint-manager in 2014, helping to mastermind his side's famous Euro 2016 win over England.

In a statement on Twitter the FA of Iceland said: "[We] can now confirm that Heimir Hallgrimsson will not continue as head coach of the Icelandic men's national team.

"Hallgrimsson steps down as Iceland coach at his own request after seven years in the job, having joined in 2011."

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