Carlo Ancelotti reveals his plan for Newcastle United

Carlo Ancelotti will rotate his Everton players for the club’s visit to St James’s Park.

Friday, 27th December 2019, 1:03 pm

Ancelotti got off to a winning start as manager at Goodison Park after his team beat Burnley 1-0 yesterday thanks to a goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

And Everton take on Newcastle United, 10th in the Premier League with 25 points, at St James’s Park tomorrow after just 48 hours rest and recovery.

"We have to pray to avoid injury, because there’s a big possibility a player can have an injury,” said Ancelotti, who succeeded Marco Silva at Goodison Park.

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Carlo Ancelotti.
Carlo Ancelotti.

"We hope that the players have a good rest, and our staff have to do the maximum to recover them, but we know (playing again in) 48 hours is impossible.

"The first day after the game is not so bad, but the second day is the day where you feel really tired. To put a game after two days is quite difficult. We have no possibility to train tomorrow, just use this 48 hours for recovery. That's it.

"The players who did not play have more chance to play, because it is impossible to recover a game in 48 hours.

"I think the line-up will be decided the day of the game, not before. I have to rotate the squad, 100%.

"Fortunately, we have some players who have recovered from injury. (Theo) Walcott maybe is a possibility to play, Michael Keane and Tom Davies, (Leighton) Baines – all of these are possibilities to play."