Everton boss

Everton will struggle to cope without midfielder marauder Allan for an extended period.

That is according to ex-England striker Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge about the £23million summer signing from Napoli.

The Brazilian was stretchered off with a hamstring injury against Leicester City last week and has been ruled out of the festive period by Carlo Ancelotti, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

Everton cope well without Allan in the second half of last week’s win over Leicester as well as in the 2-1 triumph over Arsenal on Saturday.

Ancelotti did state the summer signing would not need to undergo surgery but his absence follows serious injuries to the likes of Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman.

Bent has been hugely impressed by Allan since his arrival and believes the team will miss his energy and battling qualities.

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He told Football Insider: “Allan is going to be a big miss for Everton, he’s been superb in the middle of the park.

“He’s the one who kind of starts everything off and it just adds to another long line of injuries that they’ve had Everton.

“It was a great result against Leicester, 2-0, it was a great result against Arsenal but without Allan, it’s going to be a different type of test.”

The defensive midfielder has been the deepest lying of the three-man midfield generally favoured by Ancelotti this season.

He has started 12 of the team’s 14 Premier League matches and been a key figure in their transformation.

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