Everton may add defender after Branthwaite injury: Ancelotti

Media reports said Everton was targeting a loan move for Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori before the transfer window shuts on Oct. 5.

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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti says the team may have to sign another central defender after Jarrad Branthwaite sustained an ankle injury in Wednesday's 3-0 League Cup win over Salford City.

The 18-year-old was substituted in the 24th minute of the second round encounter and, with fellow defender Mason Holgate also out injured, Italian Ancelotti has only two fit senior centre-backs in Yerry Mina and Michael Keane.

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“Holgate is out and Jarrad we don't know his injury and how bad it is, we have to look,” Ancelotti told reporters.

“There is a possibility to find a centre back and I think we have to.

“The Holgate update is that he doesn't need the surgery so maybe he can recover earlier than normal, but I think we can manage until Mason comes back with three centre-backs no problem,” he added.

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Media reports said Everton was targeting a loan move for Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori before the transfer window shuts on Oct. 5.

Everton, which beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in its Premier League opener, hosts West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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