Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Everton will be without midfielder Allan against Fulham on Sunday due to the Brazilian’s hamstring injury.
Allan has not featured for the Toffees since limping off the field away to Leicester City in December, but was expected to be declared available for Everton’s 5-4 FA Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.
Can Everton cope without Allan vs Fulham?
Yes, Davies is playing well
No, Allan will be missed
Allan has now missed more than two months of action, while Sunday’s Goodison Park encounter with Scott Parker’s Fulham will mark the 13th fixture across all competitions that he has played no role in.
The 30-year-old is not the only player unavailable for the Cottagers’ visit to Merseyside, with Ancelotti also ruling Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jordan Pickford out.
“Both will not be available for the game on Sunday. We are looking for the next game on Wednesday where we think both of them will be available,” the Italian noted on Friday.
“We have back Andre Gomes, James [Rodriguez], Josh King, and in the next week we think Allan will be back, so the squad is ready for the next games.
“James is fine. He trained yesterday and today and is available for the game on Sunday. No problem.”
Allan had started all 13 of his appearances before sustaining a hamstring injury in the first half at the King Power Stadium on December 16, only sitting out two fixtures – once through a groin strain and once after being rested.
Tom Davies stood in for Allan against Tottenham in the FA Cup on Wednesday night and left Ancelotti impressed with his efforts.
“He’s doing really well, improved a lot,” the former Chelsea boss said, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo. “He’s a powerful midfielder, dynamic. He’s improved in managing the ball and possession. Tactically, he’s doing well.”
Davies was the driving force behind Everton’s performance in midweek as he constantly shouted for the ball, and never hid from a battle whenever Spurs were in possession.
It meant no Toffees player registered more touches than Davies (98), while only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (135) and Davinson Sanchez (104) saw more of the ball for the visitors, per WhoScored.
Hojbjerg (8) and Ben Davies (6) were also the only players who featured for either side to attempt a greater number of tackles than Davies (4), who further offered the second-most interceptions (2) while completing (67) and attempting (74) the most passes among all of Ancelotti’s 14 men who featured.
The 22-year-old should now get another shot at impressing the Everton boss against Fulham with Allan still on the sidelines, potentially in a similar role of that he occupied in last week’s 3-3 draw at Manchester United with Gomes available to join the engine room again.