Carlo Ancelotti has admitted Everton are currently in a difficult situation amid a sudden injury crisis ahead of the Premier League season run in.

The Blues boss has however provided a quadruple boost ahead of the Friday night clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been passed fit and will be expected to make his return to the side to face Spurs, while midfielders Allan and Andre Gomes plus striker Josh King are also available.

However, the Toffees will still be without talismanic forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The visit from the London side will also come too soon for defender Yerry Mina, Fabian Delph and Bernard but the quartet are expected to be available again next week.

Everton were unable to find a way past Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday after being held to a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace the weekend before.

Ancelotti's side will hope to pick up maximum points against Jose Mourinho's men if they are to continue to mount a challenge for a place in European competition next season.

The Italian has admitted that having to deal with so many injuries has come at a difficult time in the campaign.

Speaking in his press conference, he said: "In a difficult moment, it is more difficult to manage this. To have this kind of injury all at the same time is difficult (but) I think we can compete against Tottenham.

"All teams have this problem. The fitness of the team is good. The players that have come back after injury in a good condition. They are already fit.

"There were games where we were not good enough. It's a difficult period for us which came now with a lot of injuries. But we have to continue to fight."

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Meanwhile Jean-Philippe Gbamin has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season. He has thankfully avoided the need for another bout of surgery but his knee injury will still keep him sidelined until the summer.

Gbamin suffered medial ligament damage in a training ground accident with Lucas Digne and missed Everton's game with Brighton on Monday - a week after making his long awaited return to playing.

Ancelotti however, is hopeful he will be able to come back and contribute to the Everton side and insists his strength in recovery will help him in the future.

He added: "I have to say that he is a strong guy. He has a strong character. He was able to manage the injuries he had last season.

"He will be stronger after these unlucky situations. It will help him for his career for sure, his character."