The Colombian international has played every game for his new team this season, although he was initially considered unsure of his chances in Southampton after a challenge from Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby a week earlier.
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that James Rodriguez will be eliminated from Everton’s game against Newcastle United this weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti announced the latest injury updates for his Everton team prior to this weekend’s game against Newcastle United, including a strike against James Rodriguez
Seamus Coleman will also miss the game this weekend, but the boss also had good news on the injury front.
However, the playmaker will now suspend his team’s trip to the Northeast on Sunday in order to solve a “small problem” – before he can possibly go back into action when Manchester United visit Goodison Park.
“James played all the games, but had a small problem. He needs to rest for this game, I think he will be available for the next game.
Ancelotti said at his pre-match press conference: “We have Jonjoe Kenny and Jarrad Branthwaite back.
“James Rodriguez will not be available, Seamus Coleman is out – and Richarlison and Lucas Digne are suspended.
Ancelotti believes he knows the reason for this and can understand why managers across the department are worried.
The Everton boss was also asked about a report released earlier this week that indicates that the number of injuries has increased this Premier League season compared to previous years.
“I saw the report,” he added.
“But for the teams involved in the Champions League and Europa League, there is really a lot going on. Of course, the fact that there are more injuries is the reason for that.
“I think the schedule is very full. For us we had a lot of games in September, but this month after the international break we only have one game a week. So for us it’s not that bad.
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“You have to remember that most teams will lose players during the international break, so you can’t give them a break.
“Of course the managers are worried about this, I agree. It’s a really busy schedule.
“It’s really complicated and that’s why there are more injuries, there’s no doubt about that.