Everton Boss Gives Team News Update

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Everton will be without goalkeepers Robin Olsen and Jordan Pickford for Everton’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday (5.30pm GMT).

The Blues boss confirmed he expects the pair - who have abdominal muscle injuries - to be fit to return after the international break.

Ancelotti revealed Jean-Philippe Gbamin will start training with the team next week having entered the latest phase of his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury. 

The Ivorian is starting to work on the grass at USM Finch Farm, introducing running and ball work into an individual recovery process.

James Rodriguez, who will miss the City game with a calf problem, is also expected to resume training next week.

Abdoulaye Doucoure remains out with a foot injury, while Fabian Delph is unable to feature against his former club due to a tendon issue.

“The two goalkeepers are out, Robin Olsen and Jordan Pickford,” said Ancelotti, who was speaking at his pre-match press conference.

“Jean-Philippe Gbamin is out but we have good news about him. He will start training with the team next week. 

“James is out but he will start to train with the team next week, also. 

“Doucoure and Delph will be unavailable.”

Several Everton First Team players will head off on international duty following Saturday’s cup clash.

The Blues return to Premier League action on Monday 6 April when Crystal Palace visit Goodison Park – and Ancelotti expects to have a significantly deeper squad to choose from for that game.

“In the international break, we have time to recover some players,” he said. “James is one of those and maybe Gbamin.

“James will be available for the game against Crystal Palace.

“Of course, the two goalkeepers will be available again after the break.

“I think we will only have Doucoure still out. He is doing well in his recovery but I think we have to wait a little bit on him.

“He is doing treatment. He has a fracture on his foot. He is still wearing the [protective] boot and cannot touch the floor. 

“At the moment, we cannot say when he will be back.”