The Colombian playmaker will be denied the opportunity to build on his impressive start to the season when the Toffees take on Southampton
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Everton will be without James Rodriguez when they face Southampton on Sunday, with the Colombian nursing a knock suffered against Liverpool.
An untimely injury suffered by Reds defender Virgil van Dijk was considered to be the most notable fitness issue to emerge from an eventful Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
The Dutch centre-half was, however, to catch James during an early tussle for the ball before being forced from the field himself.
That coming together has left an in-form Toffees star stuck on the treatment table, with Ancelotti not expecting the 29-year-old summer signing from Real Madrid to come into his thoughts for a trip to St Mary’s Stadium.
“Unfortunately, James had a problem during the game [against Liverpool],” Ancelotti told evertontv.
“He had a mistimed tackle with Virgil van Dijk at the beginning of the game and I think he will not be available for the game against Southampton.”
Everton will also be without club captain Seamus Coleman against the Saints, but Allan is available after avoiding any recurrence of the groin complaint that he carried into a meeting with Liverpool.
The Toffees will be looking to stretch their unbeaten start to the season when heading to the south coast, with Alex Iwobi looking to make what would be just his second league start of the 2020-21 campaign.
On his selection decisions, Ancelotti added: “We have to put in other players who have the desire to play.