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Ancelotti drops selection hint for Everton weekend game, player yet to start in league this term

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Ancelotti drops selection hint for Everton weekend game, player yet to start in league this term

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has appeared to suggest that Alex Iwobi could start for the Toffees in this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

The Blues, who are in action on Sunday as they face Southampton away, will be without the suspended Richarlison, while James Rodriguez suffered an injury in the Merseyside derby.

Richarlison incurred a three-match ban after being sent off for a reckless challenge on Thiago Alcantara, while Rodriguez was injured in a coming together with Virgil van Dijk.

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Everton captain Seamus Coleman will also miss out, with Ancelotti saying the full-back is set for “two or three weeks” on the sidelines with “not a big problem”.

In terms of who could line up alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack, the Toffees boss specifically highlighted Iwobi’s qualities and said he’s got an opportunity to play, before subsequently name-checking Bernard and Anthony Gordon.

“We have to put in other players who have the desire to play,” Ancelotti told the Everton website.

“We are working this week on this and I think we are going to choose a good line-up for the game against Southampton.

 

“Alex is a player who works hard. He is fast and with his quality he can help the team be better in certain situations.

“He [potentially] has an opportunity to play but also we have Bernard and Anthony Gordon.

“We have a lot of opportunities to replace Richarlison and James. We are already moving on.”

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Iwobi is yet to start a Premier League game for Everton this season, but he has shone whenever called upon.

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The 24-year-old was especially impressive against Brighton, when he replaced Richarlison in the opening half of the game.

Although losing Rodriguez and Richarlison is a blow, Everton will certainly cope as other players get the chance to step up.

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