MX23RW : Tuesday, January 18 13:55:33| >> :120:50775:50775:

Carlo Ancelotti not expecting Theo Walcott exit this summer

Carlo Ancelotti not expecting Theo Walcott exit this summer
© Reuters
Theo Walcott's only appearance this campaign was in the second round of the Carabao Cup against Salford.

Theo Walcott is hoping to make a rare appearance for Everton this season in Wednesday night's home Carabao Cup tie against West Ham.

The Toffees, who extended their 100 per cent Premier League start with victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday, are bidding to reach the last eight.

Walcott's only appearance this campaign was in the second round of the cup competition against Salford.

But he was an unused substitute in last week's third-round win at Fleetwood and did not make the bench at Palace last weekend.

Walcott, left, in action against Salford, has not appeared in the Premier League this season
Walcott, left, in action against Salford, has not appeared in the Premier League this season (Peter Powell/PA)

"He was out because the rule is only to play 18 players and he was out of the squad," Ancelotti said.

Ancelotti said it had been a reluctant decision to leave Walcott out and does not expect the former England winger to leave before the transfer window closes next month.

"No, I don't think so," Ancelotti said. "The problem is the competition is really high now in this moment.

"Sometimes it can happen that a player like Theo is not involved."

View this post on Instagram

Next round here we come! 👍🏽💙

A post shared by Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) on

Walcott has slipped down the pecking order after the high-profile arrivals earlier this month of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan.

"Unfortunately this is a decision I have to take and I'm not absolutely happy to take this kind of decision to leave out a player like Walcott, who is a professional in training and always ready," Ancelotti said.

Ancelotti has confirmed he is still hoping to sign a central defender on loan before the European transfer deadline on October 5.

"We are going to have a look and we will see," he said.

Ancelotti made six changes for the third-round win at Fleetwood and could rest the likes of Rodriguez, Doucoure, Allan and skipper Seamus Coleman again.

Coleman won high praise from Ancelotti after Saturday's 2-1 win at Selhurst Park, which left Everton third in the table, behind early leaders Leicester on goal difference.

"He's doing really well," said the former AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss. "I think that Seamus is an example for all the others and for the new players of how to be a player on the pitch who produces the spirit.

"But not only on the pitch. Every day. Seamus is a great example of a captain. I had a lot of captains in my career. Seamus has a spirit. He is really tough.

"He's a great captain. I cannot make a list because I would forget someone. But like (Paolo) Maldini, John Terry, Sergio Ramos, he is that kind of captain."

ID:416383: cacheID:416383:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:12814:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy claims the match ball after his hat-trick against Manchester City on September 27, 2020
Read Next:
PL Team of the Week - Vardy, Grealish, Meslier

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
1Manchester CityMan City22182254134156
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham22114741301137
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs1810352320333
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd209563229332
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves209471715231
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2061042121028
10Leicester CityLeicester187473133-225
11Crystal Palace215973031-124
13Aston Villa2072112732-523
15Leeds UnitedLeeds205782439-1522
18Norwich CityNorwich2134141045-3513
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2019102043-2312

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Match previews - Daily
Transfer Talk Daily
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!