Carlo Ancelotti issues James Rodriguez Everton fitness update

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.

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“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.”

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Ancelotti makes U-turn on Rodriguez fitness ahead of Southampton clash

(Reuters) – Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful playmaker James Rodriguez will be fit in time for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Southampton, a day after saying he expected the Colombia international to miss the match.



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Rodriguez sustained an injury during a challenge from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk early in last weekend’s Merseyside derby draw at Goodison Park, although he stayed on for the full 90 minutes.

Ancelotti had earlier suggested Rodriguez would be unable to face the Saints but on Friday confirmed the player had resumed partial training.

“He is not definitely out,” Ancelotti told reporters. “Fortunately his recovery was really good and he trained today, just a partial training session.

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“I hope he trains tomorrow and is in condition to play on Sunday. We are really confident he can maybe play.”

Ancelotti said centre back Ben Godfrey, who made his Everton debut against Liverpool, will be deployed at right back against the Saints, with Jonjoe Kenny yet to recover from an ankle injury.

League leaders Everton are unbeaten this season, having recorded four wins and a draw against reigning champions Liverpool.

“The start was good, now there is a consistency to show every game,” Ancelotti said.

“They (Southampton) are trying to play without the ball with high intensity, they are really compact. We have to be smart, we have to be clever with the ball. If we are, we could have chances to win the game.”

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Chennai; Editing by Toby Davis)

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Football: Ancelotti makes U-turn on Rodriguez fitness ahead of Southampton clash

LIVERPOOL: Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful playmaker James Rodriguez will be fit in time for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Southampton, a day after saying he expected the Colombia international to miss the match.

Rodriguez sustained an injury after a challenge from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk early in last weekend’s Merseyside derby draw at Goodison Park, although he stayed on for the full 90 minutes.

Ancelotti had earlier suggested Rodriguez would be unable to face the Saints, but on Friday (Oct 23) confirmed the player had resumed partial training.

“He is not definitely out,” Ancelotti told reporters. “Fortunately his recovery was really good and he trained today, just a partial training session.

“I hope he trains tomorrow and is in condition to play on Sunday. We are really confident he can maybe play.”

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Ancelotti said centre-back Ben Godfrey, who made his Everton debut against Liverpool, will be deployed at right-back against the Saints, with Jonjoe Kenny yet to recover from an ankle injury.

League leaders Everton are unbeaten this season, having recorded four wins in addition to the draw against reigning champions Liverpool.

“The start was good, now there is a consistency to show every game,” Ancelotti said.

“(Southampton) are trying to play without the ball with high intensity, they are really compact. We have to be smart, we have to be clever with the ball. If we are, we could have chances to win the game.”

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