Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Everton will be without James Rodriguez for their final two matches of the calendar year.
Ancelotti had previously insisted the Colombian was suffering with a minor calf problem but he will now have missed six matches in all competitions since the draw at Burnley.
James was working individually at Finch Farm earlier this week and Everton will turn their attention towards ensuring his fitness for the New Year’s Day visit of West Ham United.
Ancelotti, in his pre-match press conference for the trip to Sheffield United on Boxing Day, said: “For the next few games, James will not be available.”
Richarlison was substituted against Manchester United after appearing to take a heavy blow to the head following a collision with Eric Bailly and Bruno Fernandes.
Despite telling supporters he was ‘fine’ on social media, any concussion diagnosis would rule the Brazilian out for at least a week in line with Premier League guidelines.
Ancelotti admitted he is keen to have the forward available after Everton failed to win when he was suspended earlier in the campaign.
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The Italian said: “Without Richarlison would be difficult.
“If he has a concussion he has to stay out, we have to follow the protocols, and we have to be able to replace him better than we did when he was [suspended].
“If Richarlison is not there, it will be a great opportunity for the players that did not play a lot. For this game, they can show their qualities.”