New Boss Ancelotti Provides Injury Update

Alex Iwobi is set for a spell on the sidelines with the hamstring injury he sustained against Arsenal on Saturday, while Morgan Schneiderlin is out of Everton’s forthcoming meetings with Burnley and Newcastle United.

Carlo Ancelotti has twice worked with his new players since officially being unveiled as Everton manager on Monday.

The Italian boss had Theo Walcott back on the training field for a chunk of the Blues' Christmas Eve session but admits the winger’s return is more likely to come at Newcastle than for Burnley’s Boxing Day visit.

Ancelotti expects forward Iwobi to be laid up for “two or three weeks”.

Midfielder Schneiderlin and Walcott have both been absent from Everton’s past three games with respective calf problems.

Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph, meanwhile, all came through the weekend draw with Arsenal following spells out of the side – and that trio are in contention to face Burnley.

Everton travel to Newcastle on 28 December and wrap up their festive Premier League programme with a game at Manchester City on New Year’s Day.

“Alex Iwobi is not going to play in the next games,” Ancelotti told evertontv.

“He is going to rest for two or three weeks, then start [training] with the team.

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03:45 Tue 24 Dec 2019


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“Theo Walcott trained for part of the session with the team today [Tuesday].

“I am not sure if he will be ready for Thursday [Burnley] but he will be available for the game on Saturday [Newcastle].

“Morgan Schneiderlin is out for these games, I hope he can be back training with us on the 28th.

“All the other players… are in good condition, fit and able to play.”

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