Big blow for Everton as Ancelotti delivers double injury update ahead of Wolves clash
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss Tuesday’s game at Wolves through injury and that fellow forward Richarlison is a doubt.
Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison were absent from the Everton squad for Saturday’s nervy 2-1 extra-time win over Championship strugglers Rotherham United with many assuming they had both been rested.
However it looks like it was enforced as Ancelotti gave an injury update on the pair.
🤕 | Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss #WOLEVE with a hamstring injury.
— Everton (@Everton) January 11, 2021
Speaking at his pre-Wolves conference in a clip posted on Everton’s official Twitter, Ancelotti said: “Calvert-Lewin is not available. Hamstring problem. No[timeframe], I think soon he can recover.”
On Richarlison Ancelotti said “We have to wait for training today to take a decision on this.”
The news will be a disappointment for fans hoping to see their star attackers put Wolves to the sword on Tuesday, with the Midlands side on a poor run of just one win in their last seven Premier League games.
Tosun could earn first-team reprieve
With Calvert-Lewin definitely out and Richarlison doubtful it would appear that Cenk Tosun is a shoo-in to start up top against Wolves on Tuesday.
The Turkey international scored the opener in Saturday’s win over Rotherham which was his first goal of the campaign as he has struggled with injury and the stunning start to the season made by Calvert-Lewin.
Tosun looked to be on his way out after being shipped out on loan to Crystal Palace last season and struggling for a place in Ancelotti’s side this season.
He has been linked with a move to Premier League strugglers West Brom to be reunited with former Toffees boss Sam Allardyce but news of Calvert-Lewin’s injury might halt proceedings to usher him out of the exit door.
Richarlison has played as a central striker before and could cover for the England striker if he proves his fitness but Everton are light on striker options with no other senior figures ready to step in.
Therefore Tosun looks set to lead the line and injuries could mean the out-of-favour forward stays at Everton beyond the timeframe many thought.
Signing another striker should be top of Ancelotti’s wish list but until one is signed he must place faith in Tosun.
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