James Rodriguez will miss out of Everton’s Sunday trip to Newcastle as the Premier League leaders look to return to winning ways.
Rodriguez played the whole 90 minutes against Saints despite Carlo Ancelotti raising concerns over his fitness before the game.
Now, though, the former Real Madrid man will miss out at St James' Park having enjoyed a fine start to life on Merseyside.
“We have back Jonjoe Kenny and (Jarrad) Branthwaite. James will not be available, and we have (Seamus) Coleman out and Richarlison and Lucas Digne suspended,” Ancelotti said when asked for the latest team news.
“He (Rodriguez) has played all the games. He had a little problem, so he needs to rest for this game and he will be available for the next game.”
With a number of key men missing, Ancelotti believes his players now have the perfect opportunity to prove how strong his squad is.
“It was not a good day against Southampton. We have moved forward and we are preparing well for this game. It is important, we want to stay at the top of the table if possible.
“We know to play against Newcastle is always difficult. We are focused, this group, and we have confidence in this game.”
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