Theo Walcott picked up an injury in Everton’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, but Carlo Ancelotti is hoping it’s nothing serious. With the Toffees’ meeting with Arsenal being a fortnight away, there’s plenty of time for Walcott to recover to face his former club.
On Saturday, the 30-year-old assisted Bernard for a brilliant Everton opener in the 18th minute. As per Everton’s match report, he then suffered a cruel twist of fate before the half-hour mark, going down off the ball and having to be replaced by Djibril Sidibe.
The Frenchman impressed and could replace Walcott against Arsenal if necessary. Alex Iwobi is also an option. It all depends on what the scans show, however, as it may only be a knock that he can quickly recover from.
— Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) February 8, 2020
With two goal contributions in his last two Premier League appearances, losing Walcott would be a blow to Everton. The England international has created four chances in his last three outings and made four successful dribbles too.
He’s made a total of 23 appearances this campaign but was previously struggling to make an impact in attack. Since Ancelotti joined Everton, however, Walcott has flourished. He credits his form to Ancelotti’s tactics, revealing that Everton’s wingers been given more freedom to find the ball.