Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Everton will be without full-backs Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman against Leeds United at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Everton manager revealed left-back Digne could miss up to three months’ worth of action.

Liverpool Echo journalist Phil Kirkbride shared that information via his personal Twitter account.

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Everton will also be without Coleman. Liverpool Echo’s Adam Jones offered that update, before quoting Ancelotti as suggesting that Niels Nkounkou and Jonjoe Kenny will start.

Ancelotti said: We have a good squad, we have good substitutes in that position. We have Nkounkou, we have Jonjoe Kenny on the right, we have the possibility to substitute. We will try.”

 

Nkounkou, 20, has played just one Premier League game for Everton since his arrival from Marseille in the summer when he filled in for Digne while he was suspended against Newcastle.

Kenny, 23, has also played just one in the league this term for the Toffees. That was also against Newcastle when the Merseyside club lost 2-1 at St James’ Park.

That sounds like good news for Leeds.

While we don’t want to see players getting injured, nor do we want to get excited about it. But there’s no denying that an Everton without Coleman and Digne is an Everton side that is easier to beat.

And, as evidence suggests, the Toffees are beatable when Nkounkou and Kenny start in the full-back roles.

Leeds will want to bounce back to winning ways this weekend with Marcelo Bielsa not seeing his side pick up maximum points since the 3-0 win at Aston Villa over a month ago.

Based on Ancelotti’s update on Friday, there’s a big opportunity for the winless streak to end on Saturday.

In other Leeds United news, fans are expecting a Raphinha masterclass at Everton.

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