JORDAN PICKFORD is a doubt for England’s World Cup qualifiers as he awaits a scan on a rib injury.
Everton’s No1 was forced off in the 43rd minute of the club’s shock 2-1 home to defeat to Burnley on Saturday.
Pickford, 27, appeared to pick up the injury while attempting to save an effort from Johan Gudmundsson.
He initially played on before young stopper Joao Virginia replaced him to make his Premier League debut.
Boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted his injury is similar to one he picked up earlier in the campaign which kept him sidelined for three weeks.
Pickford will now undergo scans but the Italian boss admitted he isn’t overly concerned that it’s serious.
He said after the game: “We don’t know how bad the injury is but he had the same problem in the past month when he was out for some games. He is going to have a scan on Monday.
“I hope that Jordan can recover soon. We have to check and see.
“I don’t think it is going to be a big problem. It is true he was out for some games before but I think he can recover soon.”
His injury could prove an issue for England boss Gareth Southgate.
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The Three Lions face a triple header of matches later this month starting with San Marino.
They then take on Albania before hosting Poland on March 31.
Everton’s defeat could prove crucial in their hopes of a top four finish.
It was also the club’s seventh home defeat of the season and Ancelotti admitted the performance was far from good enough.
He added: “The performance was not good.
“We did mistakes that were punished. We tried to get back in the game and scored early but in the second half we didn’t have the quality.
“It is a big disappointments but we won’t give up fighting for Europe.”
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