Carlo Ancelotti insists he is not ‘worried’ despite the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin ahead of Everton’s clash with league leaders Manchester City tomorrow evening.
Calvert-Lewin missed Everton‘s weekend defeat against Fulham after sustaining a hamstring injury, a problem that will again keep the England international sidelined as Pep Guardiola’s side visit Goodison Park this week.
The 23-year-old has been in excellent form this season with only Mohamed Salah and Bruno Fernandes having scored more than the forward’s 13 league goals, and Ancelotti admits the star is ‘really important’ to his side’s chances.
The Toffees boss insists that he is not ‘worried’ about the missing forward, however, and remains confident his side can produce a positive performance after impressing in Calvert-Lewin’s absence earlier in the campaign.
“Calvert-Lewin is really important because he gives us the opportunity to play in different ways,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
“Without him, we lose some opportunities to play, but we have played really well without him, like against Wolves [a 2-1 win in January].
“So I am not worried about the players who are not playing, I am worried about the players who will play tomorrow.”
Everton utilised Richarlison in a central attacking role during the defeat to Fulham last weekend, though Ancelotti could hand a first start to winter window signing Josh King following the Norwegian’s arrival from Bournemouth.
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