Everton Boss Gives Team News Update

Carlo Ancelotti says Allan has returned to training and Everton will check if he is ready to feature in Monday's clash at Brighton & Hove Albion ahead of the Blues’ trip to the south coast – but added Jordan Pickford and Andre Gomes will definitely miss the game.

Alex Iwobi will be fit for the match at Amex Stadium, however, having missed Everton’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Easter Monday with a minor knock.

Goalkeeper Pickford, who has been sidelined with an abdominal injury, has started to join in training sessions with his teammates at USM Finch Farm but is not yet ready for a return to competitive action.

Gomes was forced off on the half-hour mark against Palace after sustaining a hamstring problem. Ancelotti says the Portuguese’s injury is not serious, however, and he expects him to be fit to face Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Friday 16 April.

The Italian added he is hopeful Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot) will be able to make a First-Team return before the end of the season.

Fabian Delph and Bernard, meanwhile, are continuing their individual recovery programmes and will not be available for the Brighton game.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Ancelotti said: "For sure, Andre Gomes, who started to train individually today [Friday], will not be able to play on Monday. He will be able to play in the next game against Tottenham.

"We are checking on Allan. He trained normally this morning. We have to wait and see how it goes and if he will be available.

"Alex Iwobi will be available.

"Jordan Pickford started training this week. He is not 100 per cent and we don’t want to take a risk on in this game.

"Abdoulaye Doucoure had a scan last week. Everything was okay. He is going to have the next scan in three weeks. If it will be okay, then he can start to train.”

James Rodriguez made his first Everton appearance since the Blues’ 2-0 Merseyside derby triumph on 20 February in Monday’s draw with Palace.

The Colombian's precision right-footed drive opened the scoring at Goodison Park, with his goal the standout moment of a classy all-round individual display.

James – who had been out with a calf injury – played for a total of 79 minutes against Palace and Ancelotti explained why he is confident the 29-year-old can further elevate his performances between now and the end of the season.

“James has completely recovered [from his injury],” said Ancelotti. “I think his physical condition is good. There is no doubt about this.

“He is a player who, by playing, it improves his condition. I think we have to take care for him to recover well after games. 

“It is difficult to say if he is 100 per cent but he has been good every day in training. He is pushing. He is working well and he is motivated.

“He showed this really well in the game [against Palace], not just because he scored but because he was involved a lot in our play.”