Carlo Ancelotti explains James Rodriguez’s injury and refuses to rule him...

Carlo Ancelotti explains James Rodriguez’s injury and refuses to rule him...
Carlo Ancelotti explains James Rodriguez’s injury and refuses to rule him...
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed James Rodriguez could play a role for Everton against Southampton on Sunday.

Earlier this week it was revealed that the Colombian international sustained an injury in the first minute of the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park last weekend.

A challenge from Virgil van Dijk left a question mark over the playmaker’s possible commitment to the Blues’ journey to the south coast this weekend.

However, the manager has confirmed that he can still play depending on how he trains on Saturday.

Speaking at his pre-game press conference, Ancelotti said: “He’s not definitely out.

“Fortunately, I think his recovery was really good and he trained today, only a partial training session.

“I hope he trains tomorrow and we’ll see if he’ll be able to play on Sunday. It’s really better now and we are confident that maybe he can play.

“He had a large hematoma and has not been able to exercise until today. I hope tomorrow will be better.

“Today the training was pretty good, but he only had partial training today.

“The possibility that he will play depends on tomorrow’s training. If he’s comfortable in training, he’ll play because it’s not a muscle problem.

“If the hematoma subsides, he can play.”

The Blues will definitely do without Richarlison, who was sent off against Liverpool, and Seamus Coleman, who was sent off injured in the first half.

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However, the boss also confirmed that Jonjoe Kenny will still be absent from the squad for the weekend’s game.

When asked whether the right back was ready, Ancelotti replied: “Not yet, Jonjoe Kenny is not ready yet. He needs to train more.

“We’re without Seamus, without Jonjoe and Richarlison is out too.”

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