Jordan Pickford will have a scan on a recurring rib injury on Monday after it forced him to go off before half time in Burnley defeat with FA Cup quarter-finals and England World Cup qualifiers on the horizon
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will have a scan on Monday to check on the recurrence of a rib injury that saw him substituted after 43 minutes of Everton’s 2-1 home defeat against Burnley.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t totally given up hope on the 27-year-old recovering in time to face Manchester City in next weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final but the goalkeeper did miss three weeks with a similar issue earlier in the season.
England manager Gareth Southgate will also be an interested observer as he prepares for three World Cup qualifiers at the end of the month.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford suffered an injury against Burnley that led to him going off
Pickford had to be substituted in the 43rd minute after he hurt himself while diving for a shot
‘We don’t know how bad the injury is but he had the same problem in the past month when he was out for some games. He is going to have a scan on Monday,’ confirmed Ancelotti.
‘I hope that Jordan can recover soon. We have to check and see. I don’t think it is going to be a big problem. It is true he was out for some games before but I think he can recover soon.’
Pickford was in discomfort clutching his side after diving to try and stop a shot from Burnley’s Johan Gudmundsson midway through the first half and though he initially played on, he succumbed shortly before the interval with Joao Virginia coming on for his Premier League debut.
Pickford attempted to play on but after receiving treatment the goalkeeper couldn’t continue
Everton’s fourth home defeat in five games meant they failed to close the gap on the top four.
‘The performance was not good,’ admitted Ancelotti. ‘We did mistakes that were punished. We tried to get back in the game and scored early but in the second half we didn’t have the quality.
‘It is a big disappointments but we won’t give up fighting for Europe.’
21-year-old Joao Virginia replaced Pickford to make his Premier League debut.
Virginia, a Portuguese youth international, joined Everton from Arsenal in 2018 and previously had a loan spell at Reading.
Robin Olsen, Everton’s second-choice goalkeeper, is back in training after injury but wasn’t fit enough to be named in the squad against Burnley.
Portugal youth international Joao Virginia replaced Pickford to make his Premier League debut