Ancelotti confirms Seamus Coleman in training and close to return

Ancelotti confirms Seamus Coleman in training and close to return

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that captain Seamus Coleman has returned to training following a wrist injury.

He missed the friendly defeat to England at Wembley last month due to a recurring wrist injury to the Ireland captain.

Coleman withdrew his wrist in the Premier League match against Brighton in October, losing to Slovakia in the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti confirmed at a press conference on Friday that the 32-year-old is on the verge of returning. But Saturday’s Premier League clash against third-placed Chelsea comes too quickly for the defender.

However, the Donegal-born defender is expected to be fit for a midweek trip to Leicester.

Everton midfielder James Rodriguez will miss the draw with a calf problem at Burnley last weekend.

Rodriguez has scored three goals and given three assists in the 10 games he has started this season. While welcoming ninth-placed Chelsea to Goodison Park, Ancelotti said he could change his formation in the absence of the Colombian.

“James had a minor problem in the match against Burnley. He had a problem with his calf and could not train this week. It’s nothing special,” Ancelotti told reporters.

“I think he’s starting training next week, but I do not want to take a risk for this game. We need to look at him … to see if he’s available to train and play against Leicester (on Wednesday).

“James is a great player for us, but we can adapt to the fact that he’s not going to play. We have a good team, maybe we ‘re going to play a little differently.”

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Everton could be without midfielder Fabian Delph, who has had a similar problem with the fullback.

Ancelotti said he was looking forward to a clash with former club Chelsea, where Frank Lampard, who played under Italy at Stamford Bridge, now manages.

“He did well before Chelsea, he did well this season and last season … now he has a great team and a great team,” Ancelotti added.

“Our relationship has changed, it was between the manager and the player, now it’s between colleagues. I’m glad to see him again.”

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