Ahead of the weekend’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool, Carlo Ancelotti has provided a welcome update on the fitness of several key players.

In what will serve as a boon to the whole squad, it has been declared that Allan, Andre Gomes and Seamus Coleman are all fit and potentially available in a crucial fixture against arch-rivals and reigning champions Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Yerry Mina will be assessed after he returns from international duty with Colombia. Further defensive options in Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite remain ruled out with injury but are progressing well as they look to get back to full fitness and recover as swiftly as possible.

Everton currently sit in first place at the apex of the Premier League, having won all their four previous games. The weekend’s clash will serve as a major test for Carlo Ancelotti’s men in a fiercely contested derby.

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The return of Allan should lift the hopes of fans of the Toffees. The Brazilian international has been integral to the rich vein of form that Everton are currently experiencing.

Allan has featured in all bar one of the Premier League matches so far under Ancelotti, with the 29-year-old praised for his agility, ability to get stuck into crucial challenges and serve as a deeper-lying playmaker in the heart of Ancelotti’s preferred 4-4-2 system.

As a result, Allan will help immensely in shoring up the Toffee’s defence against a formidable Liverpool attack that boasts talents such as the likes of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Allan’s compatriot Roberto Firmino.

When extra reinforcements in Andre Gomes and Mina are added into the available list of players, Ancelotti will match this attacking threat with a wealth of formidable defensive answers to the questions that Liverpool will seek to ask of Ancelotti’s men.