Report: At least five key Everton players set to miss Chelsea game through injury
Everton have been struck down by more damaging injury news just days before they encounter Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Toffees club website issued a statement confirming the wounds suffered by Richarlison, Andros Townsend and Seamus Coleman in the last fixture against Crystal Palace.
Trio of troubled Toffees
Rafa Benitez’s decision to substitute Richarlison early in the second half was met by a chorus of boos from the away support at Selhurst Park.
As it transpired, the decision was down to the player’s health. Everton revealed their Brazilian forward had torn something in his calf and will be out for a few weeks.
Townsend sustained a small fracture in his foot and is set to see a specialist about the severity of the harm.
Captain Coleman meanwhile gained bone bruising and soft tissue damage during the defeat at Palace.
His condition will be assessed over the next few days.
This is the very last thing Benitez needs right now before meeting up with his former club tomorrow.
Being without his skipper, top scorer and lead striker is not the ideal preparation to face the European champions.
More bad news for Everton
To make matters worse, Everton are also going to be without Dominic Calver-Lewin, Yerry Mina and Tom Davies for the trip to Chelsea.
Calvert-Lewin has been out for nearly the entire campaign with a thigh issue, whilst Mina’s return from injury in the 2-1 victory over Arsenal lasted a mere 31 minutes after picking up a fresh puncture.
Allan is in a race against time to be fit for the Chelsea clash, having missed the Palace game with an adductor problem.
Thomas Tuchel’s only confirmed absentee is Ben Chilwell, who continues his recovery from an ACL tear.
N’Golo Kante and Trevoh Chalobah have both returned to training following their period on the sidelines, whilst Mateo Kovacic might be available after his isolation stint.