The former Real Madrid midfielder will sit out the crucial away game for Everton against Newcastle in the Premier League.
Everton will miss their important new signing James Rodriguez in an away game against Newcastle in the Premier League. Head coach Carlo Ancelotti affirmed that the Colombia international suffered from a minor injury and will not available for the weekend’s match.
Ever since James’ arrival to Goodison Park from Real Madrid this September, Everton is soaring at the highest level. Surprisingly for all, the Toffees have managed to achieve the top spot this early in the league in the new season.
Nonetheless, James featured the full 90 minutes in the first defeat for Everton against Southampton last weekend. However in spite of injury issues even before the start of the game, he continued to play the whole match.
Though, now, Ancelotti announced that the 29-year-old will not be able to attend the clash with Steve Bruce’s Magpies. Also, the good news for all the Everton fans is that he will be fit to play the next game.
“James will not be available,” the 61-year-old told his pre-match press conference. “He has played all the games. He had a little problem, so he needs to rest for this game and he will be available for the next game.”
“We have back Jonjoe Kenny and [Jarrad] Branthwaite, and we have [Seamus] Coleman out and Richarlison and Lucas Digne suspended,”
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Furthermore, Ancelotti had high hopes for his team’s performance against the Saints last week following their dominance in the league.
“I think that the fact we have players out, it is important to know the real quality of the squad,” he added. “The opportunity that other players have to play and show their quality and help the team to stay at the top.
“It was not a good day against Southampton. We have moved forward and we are preparing well for this game. It is important, we want to stay at the top of the table if possible.
“We know to play against Newcastle is always difficult. We are focused, this group, and we have confidence in this game.”