The Frenchman has been out of action for a month after damaging his ankle in training and undergoing surgery to correct the problem on the 30th of November.
Everton initially feared that Digne could be sidelined for three months but he is already well into an individualised rehabilitation programme and on course to return on the earlier end of his projected absence.
There was also promising news on Allan who injured his hamstring in the win at Leicester a couple of weeks ago. He, too, looked as though he was set for an extended spell on the sidelines but Ancelotti suggested that he could be fit by mid-January.
"Lucas Digne [should be back] at the end of January. Ge's progressing really well and he's starting individual sessions and we're really surprised about his recovery," Ancelotti said before the Boxing Day win over Sheffield United.
On Allan, the Italian said: "We're going to have to think about the break after the 12th of January."
Meanwhile, the manager hopes to have both Richarlison and James Rodriguez available for the New Year's Day clash with West Ham.
The Brazilian was ruled out of the last two games of 2020 under the Premier League's concussion protocol after being poleaxed by Eric Bailly in the cup defeat to Manchester United but will be clear by the Blues' first match of 2021.
After tomorrow, James will have missed six matches with a calf problem.
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1 Posted 28/12/2020 at 03:16:26
2 Posted 28/12/2020 at 07:45:56
I still think we could do with a forward player on loan for 6 months. Kean, Tosun, Walcott, and Bolaise will be likely be out of the club; we need one player in, possibly on loan until June, who can make an impact as a sub and to give Calvert-Lewin some respite.
The current lads have been improved and impressive too so there will be healthy competition for places. At a time when other squads will be depleted, it will give us a great opportunity to kick on and really challenge for a Champions League spot.
Why not? I don't see why our players need to fear any of the regular top six, they've all got weaknesses and are more inconsistent this season. Go for it!
3 Posted 28/12/2020 at 08:14:10
4 Posted 28/12/2020 at 18:06:58
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