ANCELOTTI CONFIRMS RETURN DATE FOR GOALKEEPER
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has disclosed that back-up goalkeeper Robin Olsen should be back from injury in time for the next game, a league outing at home to title contenders Chelsea. 2,000 fans are expected to return to Goodison Park for the first time in almost a year to witness the Toffees take on Chelsea in one of the standout games on matchday twelve in the Premier League. Chelsea have been elevated to title contenders following an impressive run of four wins and one draw from the last five league outings.
On Olsen, Ancelotti told reporters in his post-match press conference after the Burnley game on Saturday afternoon that the Swedish international should be fit for the visit of Chelsea after missing the last two games. In his absence, former Huddersfield Town shot stopper Jonas Lossl has been the back-up goalkeeper to first choice Jordan Pickford in the last Premier League matches at home to newcomers Leeds United and away to Burnley. The goalkeeping department at Everton has its hierarchy with Pickford clearly the undisputed number one, while Olsen and Lossl are second and third respectively.
Robin Olsen is on loan at Everton from Italian capital club AS Roma for the whole of this campaign. He was missing for the 1-0 home defeat to Leeds United and the 1-1 draw at the home of Burnley. On the other injured players like Fabian Delph and Seamus Coleman, Carlo Ancelotti didn’t give a definite answer about their status for the Chelsea game on Saturday night.
Seamus Coleman has returned to Everton training and he faces race against time to be fully fit for the Blues’ visit. Everton have a crisis in the fullback positions and the imminent return of Republic of Ireland international Coleman can’t come too soon for the Toffees. Fabian Delphwon’t be involved against after the midfielder picked up a hamstring issue while deputising at left-back during the Clarets game at the weekend.