Everton have been dealt a huge injury blow ahead of facing Manchester City on Monday night with Allan not expected to return from a hamstring issue until January.
The Brazilian enforcer has missed the Toffees’ last two Premier League fixtures after being forced off in the first half of this month’s 2-0 victory at Leicester City, having pulled up clutching his right leg after chasing back to prevent a Foxes break.
Allan had been a regular of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans following his transfer from SSC Napoli in the off-season, starting all 12 of his top-flight appearances and playing all 90 minutes on 10 occasions.
Ancelotti refused to put a timescale on the £21m summer arrival’s return in the immediate aftermath of the win, but has now revealed doubt in Allan returning to action until after Everton visit Wolverhampton Wanderers in mid-January.
“We’re going to have to think about the break after the 12th of January,” Ancelotti said, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo.
Everton will also be without star forward Richarlison, first-choice left-back Lucas Digne and creative maestro James Rodriguez for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to Goodison Park.
Richarlison missed Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United through the Premier League’s concussion protocol, while Rodriguez was absent with a calf issue Ancelotti believes he will overcome ahead of facing West Ham United on Friday night.
“The players out for the game [vs Sheffield United] will also be out for the game against City,” the former Chelsea boss noted.
“I think Richarlison is fine and after his following his concussion protocol, he’ll be ready after the City game. James, after the City game, he can be ready. Allan and Digne, we have to wait a little bit.”
Losing Allan until the middle of January will come as a huge blow to Ancelotti as Everton look to solidify their push for European football, with the Brazilian proving a key and influential presence on the pitch in royal blue.
Only nine players across the entire Premier League won a greater number of ground duels than Allan (79) achieved over his 12 outings going into matchday 16, while also ranking seventh for successful tackles (41), per SofaScore.
The 29-year-old has additionally made the third-most successful dribbles by an Everton player (20) with only Richarlison (32) and Alex Iwobi (25) recording more, and will be sorely missed at Goodison Park heading into the New Year.