Report: Everton blow as ace suffers injury on international duty

Matthew Chivers November 17, 2020
Report: Everton blow as ace suffers injury on international duty
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Everton midfielder Allan has picked up an injury while on international duty for Brazil, as reported by Globe Esporte.

Allan experienced muscular pain during Brazil’s match against Venezuela at the weekend, which his side won 1-0.

Allan in World Cup qualifiers

Allan played the full 90 minutes in the World Cup qualifier against Venzuela in Brazil on Saturday. It was only the midfielder’s eighth cap for his country.

However, Brazilian coach Tite confirmed there’s a “clinical doubt” whether Allan will appear in the next qualifier, at Uruguay tonight.

The 29-year-old was called up to the squad to replace the injured Fabinho, who plays for Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Toffees man Jean-Philippe Gbamin is already on the sidelines. He ruptured his Achilles tendon in May, adding to a previous nine-month absence.

One Everton fan bemoaned his club’s apparent injury curse.

Despite a recent flurry of injuries and suspensions, however, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has almost a full squad to choose from for the game against Fulham at Craven Cottage this weekend.

Toffees need a turn-around

Everton began the season in fine form, winning their first four league games and scoring 12 goals in the process.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has already reached eight goals in the league, while James Rodriguez has provided three assists.

Having played under Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, Allan has been an impressive addition to the heart of Everton’s midfield.

However, since beating Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park on 3 October, Everton have been winless. They have slumped to seventh in the Premier League table.

Some Everton fans remain confident they’ll beat Fulham with or without Allan:

Everton face a Fulham side that has already lost six games in the league this season, winning only once.

If Everton want to prove they are genuine contenders for a Champions League spot, they need to beat Fulham comfortably, with or without Allan.

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Graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2019, and has since become a qualified NCTJ journalist, studying at News Associates in Manchester.