Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Dominic Calvert-Lewin will make his return from injury when Everton host Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Sunday night.
Calvert-Lewin played 79 minutes in the defeat before sitting out his side’s FA Cup win over Rotherham United and visit to Wolverhampton Wanderers, but is now in line to start this weekend.
Calvert-Lewin is without a goal in his last six appearances after failing to find the back of the net since recording his 14th of the season in a 1-1 draw with Burnley in early December, having previously only gone one match at a time without scoring at worst.
Ancelotti will have a heavily depleted squad to select from when Everton host Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday night, with the Italian confirming a raft of injuries for the FA Cup tie.
“We have Dominic available for the game,” said Ancelotti. “Unfortunately, we have some players out like [Jean-Philippe] Gbamin, Allan, [Fabian] Delph, [Lucas] Digne, [Alex] Iwobi and [Niels] Nkounkou.
“Iwobi and Digne will be unavailable for only this game – they will be available for the game against Leicester [on Wednesday]. The other players are in good condition and are ready to play this game and to compete.”
Ancelotti handed Cenk Tosun a start in the FA Cup at home to Rotherham United before favouring attacking midfielders James Rodriguez and Gylfi Sigurdsson as false nines for the 2-1 win at Wolves.
Ancelotti confirming that Calvert-Lewin will make his return to action against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup will come as a bitter pill for Tosun, who would have hoped to be given another chance to potentially save his Goodison Park career.
Tosun continues to be linked with a potential move away from Merseyside in the January transfer window, with Fanatik claiming the Turkey international is Sam Allardyce’s top target at West Bromwich Albion after signing him for £27m in 2018 while in charge of Everton.
Allardyce described Tosun as the “best in Europe” at the time for the price paid to Besiktas, and saw the 29-year-old score five of his 11 career Everton goals before the one-game England boss was fired at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Ancelotti has only overseen one of Tosun’s goals in royal blue, coming in the FA Cup third round win over Rotherham during what was only his first start and seventh appearance of the campaign following his return from cruciate ligament surgery.
Tosun will no doubt be gutted to find that the bench will likely be his home, at first, on Sunday, having also been left an unused substitute on six occasions to date.