Dominic Calvert-Lewin will not be available for Everton when they visit Wolves in the Premier League on Tuesday evening.
The 23-year-old was substituted during his side's defeat to West Ham on New Year's Day and missed out during their FA Cup victory at home to Rotherham with a hamstring issue.
Now, manager Carlo Ancelotti has shed further light on his absence, admitting that although he won't be available for the Toffees' trip to Molineux, he doesn't think Calvert-Lewin has sustained a 'big' injury.
"He (Calvert-Lewin) had a little problem in the week before the game against West Ham," Ancelotti said, quoted by Sky Sports.
"Because he had not had this type of injury before he was not able to judge it for himself. He played all of the game against West Ham so this shows that it is really not a big injury but we want to keep him safe and when he comes back, to be 100 per cent".
Calvert-Lewin has been in fine form so far this season and is the club's top scorer with 14 goals from 19 appearances in all competitions. Their second-top scorer Richarlison has only managed five in comparison, and will also be subject of a late fitness test before taking his place in the side.
The injury and subsequent uncertainty surrounding a return date has left fans wondering whether or not Everton should look to the transfer market for somebody to alleviate the goalscoring burden on Calvert-Lewin's shoulders.
Cenk Tosun played against Rotherham in his absence and bagged the opening goal in an eventual 2-1 victory, but the consensus is that the Turkish striker, who has had loan spells away from the club, isn't the answer for Ancelotti.
It's not just Everton fans worrying about Calvert-Lewin, though. News of his injury has frustrated fantasy football players across the globe, with a number of managers relying on his goals to fire them to the top of their respective leagues.
Tosun will likely start for Everton and is the affordable like for like swap, although Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette are coming into form for Manchester United and Arsenal respectively and represent decent alternatives for those willing and able to dip into their pockets a bit more.
Source : 90min