Earlier this week it became known that James Rodriguez had suffered an injury in the first minute of the Merseyside Derby after being fouled by Virgil van Dijk.
Everton is back in action this weekend against Southampton in St. Mary’s, but the big question remains as to which of their key players will play.
In Royal Blue’s latest podcast, Phil Kirkbride asked both Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland how important James Rodriguez is to Carlo Ancelotti’s side and whether he should play this weekend
That was the last discussion in our Royal Blue podcast, where host Phil Kirkbride asked both Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland how important James Rodriguez is to the site.
So how important could his involvement be?
After it looked as if she could put the Colombian international out of action for the Sunday trip to the South Coast, Carlo Ancelotti later confirmed that the playmaker could still play against the Saints.
Rodriguez delivers a great performance and has done so throughout the season. We’re all absolutely in love with his style and skill.
Phil: Prenno, when it was announced on Thursday that James was going to retire from the tournament, what does that change in your outlook and hopes for the game?
Dave: Oh, you are disappointed. Carlo said in his press conference about Southampton being a compact team that defends very deep and it obviously takes someone with a little bit of ingenuity and spark to open them up.
I don’t recognize the world we sometimes live in and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reaction to an injury that extreme and I’ve seen all sorts of serious injuries at Merseyside Derby on both sides of the divide.
So yes, it was a big disappointment to hear that, but in retrospect, after everything we heard today, you can’t help but think that Carlo was a little sweet.
But it sounds as if he was not able to train because of this injury and he emphasized that it was an incident with Virgil van Dijk where he suffered the injury.
So I think that in many ways Carlo was quite cute to cut through all that and say that Rodriguez also suffered an injury. A hematoma, a word I used to hear in the good old days only in episodes of Quincy!
I think it should take Jordan Pickford and this ongoing Virgil van Dijk narrative a little out of the spotlight, and it did for a moment, it calmed down a little.
I think he will be very important because he has already proven that he is absolutely crucial to our ability to open the defense and score goals.
And in his press conference, with his eyebrow raised, he says that he has trained partially today and could be available on Sunday. Since it is a Sunday with an extra day of preparation, I would like to think that he will be available.
According to the interesting Twitter account of EFC Statto, James Rodriguez has either scored, assisted or pre-assisted 10 of Everton’s last 12 goals in the Premier League.
Phil: Gav, I know you’re not a fan of assist statistics, so needless to say you’re very insensitive to pre-assists, but I’m going to read you a stat anyway.