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'Practically all the squad available': Everton boss' squad boost for Manchester United clash

Sam Brookes November 6, 2020
'Practically all the squad available': Everton boss' squad boost for Manchester United clash
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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that he has almost a full squad to choose from for this weekend’s game against Manchester United.

The side were without a number of key players for last weekend’s trip to Newcastle. This showed on the pitch as the team slumped to a 2-1 defeat.

Key trio return for Everton

However, Everton have been handed a major boost with the news that James Rodriguez, Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne are all in contention for starting berths on Saturday.

Ancelotti admitted that it was crucial that the trio were back, as his side look to end their recent dip in form.

“It is important to have James back, Coleman back and Digne back to have a better team and a better squad,” he said in his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Rodriguez missed last weekend’s loss to Newcastle after struggling with a knock in recent weeks.

His return will delight Everton fans. The Colombian midfielder was key to the team’s success in the early stages of the season. The Toffees won their opening four matches, with Rodriguez a prominent figure in those games.

Meanwhile, Coleman has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury. He was joined on the sidelines by Digne last Sunday, with the French full-back serving a suspension.

Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

Ancelotti backs Pickford

Ancelotti has also reiterated his support for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The England shot-stopper was left out against Newcastle, but will return to take the gloves this weekend.

“I talk to him every day this week. We laugh, we work together. He knows what to do tomorrow. He starts, yes,” said Ancelotti.

Duo miss out

Everton do not quite have a completely clean bill of health, though. Richarlison is unavailable once more as he completes his suspension, whilst Fabian Delph has been ruled out with a “little problem”.

Ancelotti’s men will be looking to end their run of three games without a win when they take on United.

The team have suffered back-to-back defeats, which has seen them drop to fourth.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.