Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti ruled Seamus Coleman out of Saturday’s clash against Chelsea and spoke about potentially resting their top-scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The team selection during festive fixtures is going to be a big challenge for Premier League managers.
Chelsea, for example, have five remaining matches in December, including an away game against Arsenal on Boxing Day before taking on Aston Villa two days later.
It is even worse for Everton, however.
They will also have to face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-final in addition to the five league fixtures.
Speaking ahead of the Chelsea game, Ancelotti confirmed that he is considering to let Calvert-Lewin sit out a fixture.
“We are going to replace him with another striker [if Calvert-Lewin is rested at any juncture],” the Italian manager told Everton’s official website on Thursday.
At the moment, Calvert-Lewin is leading the Premier League goal-scoring chart with 11 goals from the same number of games.
Ancelotti named a few potential replacements such as Cenk Tosun, who has recently returned from injury, and Richarlison.
“This is a really important period, we are going to play every three days against really important teams: Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal, Manchester United,” he added.
Veteran defender out of Chelsea game
Ancelotti also confirmed that Coleman is out of the weekend fixture.
The defender partially took part in team training on Thursday but was deemed unready for the match.
“He feels good, I don’t think he will be available for the game against Chelsea but for the next game against Leicester, he will be available,” Ancelotti explained.
Chelsea, on the other hand, will be without Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech due to hamstring injuries.