Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has suggested that the injury which forced Seamus Coleman off against Brighton on Saturday is "small".

The full-back left the field of play in the second half with what appeared to be a hamstring problem, just days before the Republic of Ireland take on Slovakia in a crucial Euro 2020 play-off semi-final this coming Thursday.

But speaking during Everton's press conference following the impressive 4-2 win over the Seagulls that lifted the Toffees to the top of the Premier League table for 24 hours at least, Ancelotti addressed injury concerns over Coleman and Brazilian forward Richarlison.

"Small injury, I think, Coleman. Richarlison had the same problem that he had against West Ham in the [Carabao] Cup," he said.  

"So we have 15 days to recover them and I think we will be able to do so.

The former Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager was also at pains to not get carried away with Everton's best start to a season since 1894-95 after four wins from four in the league and further wins in the Carabao Cup.

"We are really pleased for the start, we did really well this period, winning games, showing good quality, the spirit is good," Ancelotti said.

Ancelotti has inspired Everton to seven successive wins this season in all competitions

"But it is only the start of the season. Now there is the international break and we can have rest. It was a busy time and we have to come back with the same spirit and attitude.

"In general the attacking football was good, we had opportunities and we were really clinical on set-pieces, really good on the counter-attack, we played a complete game.

"When we defended with the low block we were in a good position, we defended well and so I am pleased."

Despite Ancelotti's satisfaction with their defensive performance, questions continue to be asked of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after his error allowed Neal Maupay to briefly equalise.

But just a week after giving the England international a vote of confidence, insisting he was not looking to strengthen that area, the Italian was in no mood to talk about the 26-year-old, who has now made more errors (nine) leading to goals than any other player since the start of the 2018-19 season.

"He did a mistake but nothing happened, we have three points more and this is the most important part," Ancelotti added.

"This is not the right place to talk about Pickford, if I have to say something to him when he comes back (from international duty) I will talk to him."