Everton make the trip to the capital to take on West Ham United on Saturday afternoon, but they will be without three key players for the trip.
The Toffees will be looking to build on the win over Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend, as they aim to show what they can offer after an extensive spell of heavy spending in recent transfer windows.
Everton suffered a lift when Carlo Ancelotti arrived at the club, but that positivity was dented with a wretched second-half display in defeat to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup a couple of weeks ago.
That will largely be forgotten though if the Toffees can continue to string some results together, with the trip to West Ham being the latest opportunity to do that.
Ancelotti has confirmed if Everton are to do that it will have to be done without three first-team regulars, as he announced that Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alex Iwobi would all miss the clash with the Hammers.
“We will be without Richarlison for this game,” the Toffees official website quote him as saying when he addressed the media.
“He had a little problem yesterday on his knee [Thursday] in training. He had a little twist but nothing special – a minor problem.
“I hope he will be available on Tuesday against Newcastle.
“We will be without Gylfi Sigurdsson [for West Ham]. He has a minor groin issue.
“We are also recovering Alex Iwobi and I think he can play the next game [against Newcastle].”
The Italian did have some positive news to give Everton fans however, as he confirmed that long-term injured pair Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes are back in training.
“Gbamin started today [Friday] the first part of training with the team,”
“We have to take care of him. The fact is the injury he suffered was big.
“He is not ready yet but the fact he started training today is important for him. We have to wait a little bit.”
“Andre Gomes is doing his individual training with the physio,”
“He feels good. It is important to have him here and I hope as soon as possible he can play for us.”
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