Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss Friday’s home clash with Tottenham, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.
Striker Calvert-Lewin remains unavailable due to the abductor problem that kept him out of Monday’s goalless draw at Brighton. Fellow England international Jordan Pickford, sidelined of late by an abdominal injury, is fit to return to action in the Spurs match, as are Allan, Andre Gomes and Josh King.
Speaking ahead of the game against Spurs, Ancelotti told reporters: “The absence of Dominic is important but upfront we have options. We have done well without him in some games.
“All teams have this problem. The fitness of the team is good. The players that have come back after injury in a good condition. They are already fit.”
The Toffees chief is expecting an exciting game against Jose Mourunho’s men, with both clubs needing the points on their search for Champions League football.
He added: “It will be an open game. They need points and we need points. They could score but we could score also. It is unpredictable to say what could happen.”
Toffees boss still rates Mourinho
Ancelotti will be going head-to-head with Jose Mourinho again on Friday night, with the Spurs chief coming under pressure after a poor second half of the season from his men.
But the Italian still rates the former Real Madrid chief: “Every manager tried to do his best. We try to do our best.
“I am not able to judge Mourinho’s job. In my opinion he always does a fantastic job. Pressure on a manager is normal. Every manager has to manage the pressure.”