Carlo Ancelotti Confirms James Rodriguez Will Miss Chelsea Clash

Robbie Copeland
Dec 11, 2020, 5:30 PM GMT
Rodriguez will miss the all-important visit of Frank Lampard's side
Rodriguez will miss the all-important visit of Frank Lampard's side | Pool/Getty Images
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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed James Rodriguez will sit out of Saturday's visit of Chelsea, though doesn't fear the Colombian is suffering from a serious injury.

The Toffees have encountered a minor slump in form following their blockbuster start to the season, winning just one of their last seven matches - away to struggling Fulham - after taking a maximum 12 points from their opening four games.

Rodriguez suffered an injury in the 1-1 draw with Burnley
Rodriguez suffered an injury in the 1-1 draw with Burnley | Pool/Getty Images

Rodriguez has started ten of their 11 Premier League matches this term, largely putting the injury problems that plagued him at Real Madrid behind him to become a key figure for Ancelotti's team.

The flipside of that is how they have struggled on the rare occasion that he hasn't been available - they were pretty abject in the trip to Newcastle when a minor knock kept him on the sidelines.

Everton face Chelsea at Goodison Park in Saturday's late kick-off and Ancelotti has confirmed that Seamus Coleman and Fabian Delph will sit the game out alongside Rodriguez, who has been unable to train for a week.

"We have three players not available, one is Coleman," Ancelotti told reporters, quoted by Everton's Twitter account. "He started this week to train with the team, he's quite good but I think that he will be available for the next game against Leicester on Wednesday. We have Delph out, who suffered an injury against Burnley.

"We have James out, who had a little problem in the game against Burnley. He was not able to train this week, I think he will start to train next week. For this game, we don't want to take a risk."

When pushed to elaborate on Rodriguez, he confirmed the injury is 'nothing special' - leaving hope that he'll be available for the trip to Leicester next Wednesday.

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