Carlo Ancelotti praises all-round impact of Dominic Calvert-Lewin despite Everton goals drying up

For the encounter with 10th-placed West Ham – and former boss David Moyes – Everton have Richarlison back available after he missed the Boxing Day win at Sheffield United under concussion protocol, but James Rodriguez (calf) remains sidelined.

While Lucas Digne is not yet ready to return to action, pictures of the full-back doing individual training appeared on Everton’s official Twitter feed on Thursday along with the words “working his way back to full fitness”.

On Wednesday Ancelotti had said of the Frenchman, who had ankle surgery in late November: “We have good news on Lucas Digne, that he is starting individual sessions and maybe in one week, 10 days, he will be able to train with the team.”

Just before Digne underwent surgery, Ancelotti had spoken about the prospect of him being out for “two or three months”.

Everton were scheduled to host Manchester City on Monday but the fixture was postponed due to positive coronavirus cases at City.

The Government’s announcement on Wednesday that the Liverpool City Region was moving into Tier 3 means Friday’s game at Goodison Park will now have to be played behind closed doors, having previously had up to 2,000 fans permitted.

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