Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Everton will check on James Rodriguez over the next few days following Everton’s loss to Southampton.
The Blues were handed their first defeat of 2020/21, but still stayed top of the league, on Sunday afternoon at St Mary’s as the hosts secured a 2-0 win.
Goals from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams were enough to seal the points for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side with Everton playing well below the level they have so far this term.
Towards the end of the game, with the visitors having made all three substitutions, Rodriguez seemed to be struggling as the final minutes played out.
However, his manager doesn’t believe the problem is a big one.
Ancelotti told his post-match press conference: “I think we have to check in the next few days.
“He was tired at the end, he felt his muscle a little bit. But I don’t think it’s a big problem.
“It’s true that the game was difficult for everyone.”
Everton lost their for the first time this season on Sunday, ending a run of eight matches unbeaten in all competitions to get 2020/21 off to a flying start.
Ancelotti was disappointed with the defeat, but believes his side shouldn’t be too down-hearted after what has been a tremendous start to the campaign.
“It was not a good day, it was not a good performance,” he added.
“We are here to talk about the first defeat and I think we have to move forward. Of course, we don’t like to lose games, but in football it happens.
“We arrived after a fantastic start and so we have to move forward from this game with the same belief as we had when we arrived here.
“It can happen.
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“I’m disappointed because we lost the game, but I cannot forget what we did until now.
“We did really well honestly and we have to keep going to continue to do well. This is the point, we don’t have to be too disappointed.
“We are still at the top of the table, this is an unbelievable achievement for us. We have to try to stay there.”