Carlo Ancelotti has revealed James Rodriguez will miss Everton’s clash against Southampton due to injury.
But the midfielder suffered an injury during Everton’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool last weekend and will be unavailable for his side’s trip to St Mary’s on Sunday.
‘Unfortunately, James had a problem during the game. He had a mistimed tackle with Virgil van Dijk at the beginning of the game,’ said Ancelotti.
‘I think he will not be available for the game against Southampton.’
Ancelotti also defended Jordan Pickford after his poor challenge on Virgil van Dijk means that the Liverpool defender will now need knee surgery and will miss the majority of the season.
‘To be clear, we are really sorry for the injury of Virgil van Dijk,’ said Ancelotti.
‘Every one of us hopes he can recover soon and well.
‘There was this contact with Jordan Pickford, it was mistimed contact.
‘But the fact the Premier League is so fast, it is not so difficult to arrive a little bit later.
‘To say it was premeditated, and this and that, in my opinion, is too much. Virgil van Dijk knows this.
‘Jordan is really sad, really disappointed.’
‘It was a strong contact, maybe mistimed, but sometimes in football it can happen.’