Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t believe an injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin will affect Everton’s plans with Cenk Tosun over the course of the January transfer window.
The striker has been in fantastic form so far this term, but will miss his side’s next game away to Wolverhampton Wanderers with a hamstring injury he felt before the defeat to West Ham United on New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile there has been consistent rumours in recent months over the future of Tosun in this winter window, with numerous clubs linked with a potential swoop for the Turkey international.
When asked if the injury to Calvert-Lewin would see Everton forced to rebuff any approaches for the 29-year-old, however, the boss reiterated that he is pleased to have Tosun – and revealed that still no players have requested to leave the club.
Ancelotti said: “We are not talking about the market or the players who have to leave.
“The injury of Dominic is not so long and he will recover soon. I am happy with Tosun.
“No. No players have come to us and indicated they want to leave.”
Everton will be without their top scorer for the trip to Wolves this week while Richarlison will also face a late test on his fitness.
The Brazilian will, however, be available for the rescheduled away match against Aston Villa on Sunday – Ancelotti confirmed.
And the boss is confident that his squad will be able to cope with the absence of Calvert-Lewin, despite the struggles his side faced when Richarlison was suspended following his red card against Liverpool in October.
“I was surprised we didn’t win a game without Richarlison, but the last game we did it without him. For the statistics, that was good,” Ancelotti added.
“I don’t think so. We suffer when we don’t have some players, but the squad is good. We have to manage the absence. Every team has absences in this period. It is normal.
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“He [Richarlison] had some little problems. We have to check he is available for this game. If not this game, for sure he will be available the next one.”
With Tosun potentially set to start against Wolves, a place on the bench could be opened up for youngster Ellis Simms – who was among the substitutes for the 2-1 win over Rotherham United on Saturday.
And when asked about a potential opportunity for the 20-year-old on the horizon to make his bow for the first team, Ancelotti refused to rule out the possibility.
He remarked: “Why not? Ellis Simms is in the squad. He is training with us. The opportunity can happen.”