Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been Everton's star man this season but will sit out the trip to Molineux
Everton will be without top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin for their trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.
Calvert-Lewin has suffered a hamstring injury, although manager Carlo Ancelotti indicated it is not a long-term problem for his striker.
“I think soon he can recover,” said Ancelotti.
“He had a little problem during the week before West Ham but for the fact he has never had this kind of injury he was not able to judge himself at 100 per cent. He played the game against West Ham, which means it is not a really important injury, but we want to keep him safe and, when he comes back, to be 100 per cent.”
Everton will also be checking on Richarlison before the trip to Molineux, although James Rodriguez is available after starting against Rotherham in Saturday’s FA Cup victory.
Ancelotti, meanwhile, has reiterated his belief football should continue during the lockdown, although he would not be adverse to tighter rules.
The Italian was surprised by suggestions Premier League players have been flouting guidelines with overzealous on-field celebrations, but said he would have no objection if hugging team-mates was banned.
“Honestly, there is no rule that says you are not allowed to celebrate,” said Ancelotti.
“We are really strict to follow the rules that the Premier League have put in place, to follow the protocols, and if the Premier League say you don’t have to celebrate – you don’t have to hug – we’re not going to celebrate.
“Until they say this, I think this is the only reason, because at least we are really strict to follow the protocols.”
So far, Everton have managed to avoid the kind of series covid outbreaks that have affected other Premier League clubs, forcing training ground closures.
“We’re wearing masks in the dressing room, we try to keep social distancing, and so on. We’re really strict at following the protocols,” said Ancelotti.
“If they say to us, don’t celebrate, we are not going to celebrate.
“It will not be a big problem if you are not allowed to celebrate if you score goals. We adapt to everything. Now, a manager doesn’t celebrate after a goal. If you see there are no managers who celebrate because you have to wait for the Var check. And so the celebration for the manager has gone and it can also be done for the players.”
Ancelotti quipped the best way to avoid controversy would be for a series goalless draws.
“If we don’t score goals and that would be better, no?” he joked.
“If you don’t score a goal, you don’t have to celebrate!”