Carlo Ancelotti has suggested that the injuries sustained by Richarlison and Allan during tonight’s romp past West Ham might not be as serious as first feared.
The Brazilian duo had to be substituted in the 61st and 69th minutes respectively after Richarlison twisted his ankle heavily making a defensive tackle on an opponent and Allan came out of an innocuous challenge clutching his groin in significant discomfort.
Both players tried to play on but eventually hobbled off with the score at 2-1 their team-mates barely skipped a beat in their absence, going on to beat the Hammers 4-1 as Dominic Calvert-Lewin became the first Everton player to score back-to-back hat-tricks at Goodison Park since John Willie Parker 67 seasons ago.
Earlier in the Carabao Cup Fourth Round tie, the Toffees had lost Jonjoe Kenny to injury after he, too, injured an ankle blocking a cross and he left the stadium on crutches afterwards.
“Richarlison had a twist on his ankle,” Ancelotti said in his post-match press conference. “I think it’s not so bad, like Allan.
“We have to check them tomorrow. It seems not so bad for them. I hope they can recover soon, maybe for Saturday. Richarlison I think I can recover for Saturday.”
Everton face Brighton & Hove Albion back at Goodison on Saturday afternoon and then have a two-week break before a Merseyside derby showdown with Liverpool.
On the cup match this evening and the team’s 100% start to the new season in general, the Italian was really pleased.
“We have to pay attention because [other] games can be more difficult [and] we don’t have a lot of time to recover and prepare for the game against Brighton but I hope we can [produce] a repeat performance.”
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My 9 year old son went to bed demanding to know what time tomorrow there would be an announcement on the length of time the two Brazilians would be absent for!
This will hopefully cheer him up in the morning because he knows, like the rest of us, how crucial these two have been so far this season.
A speedy recovery to them both and Jonjoe!
Carlo seems confident, fingers crossed both can fully recover in a fortnight. We have cover so may not be worth risking Richarlison for Saturday. Maybe even leave him on the bench and use him if absolutely necessary.
Hope they recover quickly but may need the magic lamp for that. Vital to recover fully above all else.
Does someone think James can start on Saturday?
Cause no James nor Richarlison on the 11 would be pretty weird
Hoping the Boys from Brazil will be fit for the weekend, but as Will #3 says, we need them fully fit. If Delph can be disciplined he can do a holding job (I thought he did OK vs West Ham) and we have Bernard and Iwobi out wide. I’m not suggesting any are as good as Richy and Allan, but we need squad players to step up at times coz it’s a long season.
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