Dominic Calvert-Lewin: Everton striker to miss Premier League game against Tottenham due to injury

Striker Calvert-Lewin remains unavailable due to the abductor problem that kept him out of Monday's goalless draw at Brighton; watch Everton vs Tottenham live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 7.30pm on Friday; kick-off 8pm

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin reacts dejected after the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Saturday March 13, 2021.
Image: Dominic Calvert-Lewin missed Everton's draw with Brighton on Monday night

Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss Friday's home clash with Tottenham, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.

Striker Calvert-Lewin remains unavailable due to the abductor problem that kept him out of Monday's goalless draw at Brighton.

Fellow England international Jordan Pickford, sidelined of late by an abdominal injury, is fit to return to action in the Spurs match, as are Allan, Andre Gomes and Josh King.

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Ancelotti, speaking at his pre-match press conference, said Calvert-Lewin was set to be available next week, along with Yerry Mina, who came off against Brighton with an adductor injury, Fabian Delph and Bernard.

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are also on the injury list - the latter has been ruled out for the season by his latest setback, a knee issue suffered ahead of the Brighton game.

Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin (PA)
Image: Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin has been ruled out for the rest of the season

Ancelotti said of Gbamin: "The plan for him is to be back at the start of the new season.

"The news is that he doesn't need surgery but he has to stay out at least eight weeks and so this season will be finished for him."

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Everton are eighth in the Premier League on 48 points from 30 games, but victory at Goodison would ensure they leapfrog seventh-placed Tottenham and move to within one point of champions Liverpool, who are sixth.

Ancelotti expects the race for European qualification to go down to the wire.

"All the games are vital," Ancelotti said. "We have to play against teams who are fighting with us for the position.

"To judge our season, we have to wait until the end. It could be fantastic if we reach Europe. It could be a good season if we don't. I think it will go to the last game. Lots of teams have inconsistent results."

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Image: Ancelotti expressed his sympathy for Spurs boss Jose Mourinho

Ancelotti also sympathised with his Spurs counterpart Jose Mourinho, who has come under increasing pressure following the London club's slide down the standings.

"Every manager tries to do his best," he said.

"I am not able to judge Mourinho's job. In my opinion, he always does a fantastic job. Pressure on a manager is normal."

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