Here are your Everton evening headlines for Friday, October 30.
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Ancelotti confirmed this in his pre-match press conference: “We have Jonjoe Kenny and Jarrad Branthwaite back. James Rodriguez will not be available to us, Seamus Coleman is out – and Richarlison and Lucas Digne are suspended.
Rodriguez had doubts about his fitness before the Southampton game, but surprisingly played every 90 minutes. However, he later moved up and now has a “small problem” that will prevent him from travelling to Newcastle.
Ahead of Everton’s trip to St. James’ Park for Sunday’s game against Newcastle United, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that star midfielder James Rodriguez will not be travelling with the squad after his muscle injury in last weekend’s defeat to Southampton.
“James Rodriguez played all his games but had a small problem. He needs to rest for this game, I think he will be available for the next game.
In his press conference on Friday morning, Everton’s boss said: “I think Anthony Gordon has the same opportunities to play as the other players on the team. I have to nominate the top 11, and as I keep telling the players, it’s not important to be in the top 11.
Ancelotti has insisted that the young Everton prospect Anthony Gordon be firmly committed to his plans this season and be given the same opportunities as all the other players in the squad.
“It’s important to be involved, to play naturally. It doesn’t matter if you play from the beginning or in the second half, the goal is to help the team in the minutes of play. If I play five minutes, I have to help the team in those five minutes. That’s what really counts, not to be in the top 11.
“Of course I’m not going to stop with this first 11, it never happens that I start with 11 and stop with this 11. Now there are three substitutions, I’m used to using all three.
At the beginning of this season, Gordon expressed his concern about his limited playing time at Ancelotti. On Friday, however, the Italian praised the midfielder’s motivation for the open discussion.
“If he has to talk to me, he has to come – he has to show his personality and character. That’s good for him and good for our team.
“It’s good to be motivated,” he added. “Of course, motivation is important for a young player to improve every day as best he can. To be concentrated every single day, to focus on training and to show a good spirit. Anthony does this.
Former Everton striker Kevin Campbell believes that “the witch hunt against the club has not stopped after the last few games.
The comments refer to the decisions Lucas Digne made against Southampton after Richarlison was shown the red card against Liverpool the week before.