James Rodriguez ruled out of Everton’s Chelsea showdown

 

Everton will be without star playmaker James Rodriguez as Carlo Ancelotti takes on his former club Chelsea on Saturday.

James, 29, sustained a minor calf problem in last week’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Burnley and has not trained this week.

Everton have lost their last two home games against Leeds United and Manchester United, dropping to ninth in the table after topping the standings in the early stages of 2020-21.

Ancelotti has not lost three straight home league games as a manager since 2006 with Milan, while March 2016 was the last time it happened for Everton.

They will now bid to avoid that fate at Goodison Park against an in-form Chelsea side who sit third in the table.

“We have James out – he had a little problem in the game against Burnley,” Ancelotti said at his pre-match news conference.

“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.

“He had a charge on his calf muscle after the game against Burnley. Nothing special, but he was not able to train.

Dav George.

 

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