According to his manager, James suffered a calf strain in the 1-1 draw at Burnley earlier this month and missed the wins over Chelsea, Leicester City and Arsenal. It was hoped that, after recovering to an individualised programme, he would be able to rejoin first-team training and feature against Man Utd but that won't be the case.
Ancelotti said during his pre-match press conference that the player is still sidelined but stressed that he isn't concerned over the injury and that he hopes he will be back for the Boxing Day trip to Sheffield United.
"We are sad because James is an important players of us, but if he is not able to play and he isn't ready, we don't have to push or force him to come back. We have to wait a little bit and he is going to recover well and properly.
"The season finishes in May and it's the same for all the players — they need a proper rehab to avoid problems in the future and it may be that [later in] the season is more important than now."
The Italian was also asked about rumours suggesting that Jean-Philippe Gbamin had suffered another set-back but he dismissed them saying that the Ivorian's recovery was still on track.
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1 Posted 22/12/2020 at 20:27:30
On another note, finding Arsenal's “Ye olde footballing team” names and numbers on their shirts a bit strange.
2 Posted 22/12/2020 at 20:29:44
3 Posted 22/12/2020 at 20:33:40
4 Posted 22/12/2020 at 20:37:30
5 Posted 22/12/2020 at 20:44:36
Surprised by that!
6 Posted 22/12/2020 at 20:47:12
7 Posted 22/12/2020 at 20:50:58
That said, we will still win without him.
8 Posted 22/12/2020 at 20:56:56
9 Posted 22/12/2020 at 21:05:24
I hope he doesn't mess about too much. He needs to play both Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin or he will look like he has ceded the game before it starts.
10 Posted 22/12/2020 at 21:15:12
11 Posted 22/12/2020 at 21:16:17
12 Posted 22/12/2020 at 21:19:07
13 Posted 22/12/2020 at 21:19:53
14 Posted 22/12/2020 at 21:30:00
16 Posted 22/12/2020 at 21:33:16
17 Posted 22/12/2020 at 21:34:13
18 Posted 22/12/2020 at 21:55:21
Tony A, I hope you are right that they are getting a mini pre-season into him. He looked like he needed some endurance work. If he comes back fitter and stronger, it will be a hell of a boost.
19 Posted 22/12/2020 at 22:01:16
20 Posted 22/12/2020 at 22:08:43
Now, I think he may keep the same set up as the previous 3 games
21 Posted 22/12/2020 at 22:24:32
22 Posted 22/12/2020 at 22:46:01
What irks me is that we have all these former average footballers: Agbonlahor, Bent, Whelan, Philips, Murphy and Robinson, and I'm probably missing a few, I won't include Mills, his son is on our books, but they're experts and know what's best for Everton.
23 Posted 22/12/2020 at 23:09:23
Garth Crooks apparently named a player in his team of the week today who didn't even play in the weekend fixtures he was picking from! Money for nothing, they know less than the average fan, but as Souness pontificates, “They've played the game”, so they must know...
24 Posted 22/12/2020 at 23:37:57
As we have gone off topic regarding pundits who played the game, I have to put up with Jim Beglin on Optus Sport on a regular basis.
He would have to be the most biased anti-Everton pundit out there – and that is saying something.
A sample of his work / commentary: When Van Dijk charged into Rodriguez in the first couple of minutes of the derby. “He only eased into him, he can expect more of that in this game.” Grrrr.
25 Posted 22/12/2020 at 23:44:56
26 Posted 22/12/2020 at 23:52:08
I also like Keown. And there's someone called Stuart on one of the channels who is tactically astute – is it Pearce?
27 Posted 23/12/2020 at 00:34:41
And Jeff (23) - while I personally find Garth Crooks to be one of the pundits most susceptible to big club bias, I believe his Team of the Week for this week covered two sets of matches (midweek and weekend), which would explain your grievance.
28 Posted 23/12/2020 at 00:35:16
29 Posted 23/12/2020 at 01:24:59
30 Posted 23/12/2020 at 02:19:35
The last 3 results have been encouraging but we don't want players being less than 100% and leaving the game early with a recurrence.
It would have been nice to see Gbamin back again to show what he really has but that may be in the New Year so we need Davies, Doucouré and Iwobi to keep up the good work until Gomes, James and Allan are ready to be considered again.
I do hope that Carlo does have one or two new signings in mind come January – especially on offence.
31 Posted 23/12/2020 at 03:40:29
That is why I said not every game, and I don't think the Man United Cup Tie is one to welcome him back, possibly too early. It all depends how much importance Man United put on this game.
From what I have seen, since the qualification rules of winning this Cup have changed and NOT guaranteeing a Uefa slot, many are fielding more-or-less a second-string side, and placing their eggs in the Premier League basket.
Due to the amount of upcoming games, I'm sure we will see James again before too long. I don't totally buy into this theory that he doesn't like playing in cooler conditions either, he is a professional at the end of the day.
Even his dog knows that the best way to keep warm in cold conditions is to run and build up a 'some inner heat', it's not as if it is an endurance contest with Bear Grylls, 45 minutes either side of a warm break, and another kerching in the Bank, job done! :-)
33 Posted 23/12/2020 at 09:04:13
34 Posted 23/12/2020 at 09:24:23
35 Posted 23/12/2020 at 09:37:06
37 Posted 23/12/2020 at 09:46:30
38 Posted 23/12/2020 at 10:00:53
Does he really exist!!!????
39 Posted 23/12/2020 at 10:02:36
I always think that it's a massive step up from being a coach to actually managing a club, the dynamics of the 2 jobs, although appearing the same, are vastly different. As a coach, you work with the players and are always looking to improve them, so by-and-large there is no animosity between players and coaches.
But as manager, you select the team so that means some players will be disappointed, so you have to deal with that – a coach doesn't. Then, if a player isn't getting the game time he wants, the manager has to deal with his agent – again, something a coach isn't involved with.
So to expect to take a coach – albeit a coach working under one of the world's best managers – and it to work out, is a big leap of faith. Which is highlighted even more when results start to go against the team. Because he is inexperienced in dealing with this, it puts him under enormous pressure. I hope Arteta is given time to learn the job of manager, but I fear – if Arsenal can't turn this slump round quickly – he may pay the ultimate price.
40 Posted 23/12/2020 at 10:04:26
41 Posted 23/12/2020 at 12:14:03
Journalist Wbeimar Muñóz certainly thinks there is something else going on [with James Rodriguez], as he detailed in recent comments to Win Sports.
“I still think, because it happened to him in Real Madrid, in Bayern Munich, and now in Everton, that James Rodriguez has a problem of psychological type,” he said.
“I attribute it to his so happy life, because he keeps a great assortment of model friends here and there.
“I believe, and forgive me for being so frank, that Mr James Rodriguez will have to choose between football and taking care of himself one hundred per cent or dedicating himself to show business.”
42 Posted 23/12/2020 at 12:19:02
Mick. he does since you changed his name *LOL*
43 Posted 23/12/2020 at 12:40:08
He will have off days, as all visionaries do.
44 Posted 23/12/2020 at 12:40:41
45 Posted 23/12/2020 at 13:12:54
I'm hoping he is enjoying his time at Everton but has realised he needs to get himself in better shape to really do himself justice in this very physical and demanding league, with my only theory being that most great players are usually very self-aware.
46 Posted 23/12/2020 at 13:49:42
I'm a massive admirer and trust Carlo has him sorted – but still I hope it's imagined.
I'd have loved him to be pitted against this shower tonight.
47 Posted 23/12/2020 at 14:28:53
Thought I would introduce some "pond" balance.
"The Steel City is a common nickname for many cities that were once known for their production of large amounts of steel."
"With its famous cutlery-making trade first mentioned in Chaucers Canterbury Tales, Sheffield – aka “Steel City” – was once the steel-making capital of the world. These days, Sheffield steel may be more associated The Full Monty – the 1997 comedy about unemployed steel workers forming a male striptease act to make ends meet."
LOL HAPPY HOLIDAYS OR MERRY XMAS AS WE SAY IN THE UK>
49 Posted 23/12/2020 at 14:33:01
50 Posted 23/12/2020 at 14:53:35
Every foul against an Everton player is 'he got the ball, not intentional, went down easy, just part of the game'
Every Everton foul is 'that's rash, they do that a lot, it's a definite foul, it doesn't matter if he got the ball, it's not a question of intent, you can't do that'.
Everything Everton do is in the pejorative, it's unbelievable. I noticed it a few years ago and now pay attention when he is the commentator and it's unreal.
51 Posted 23/12/2020 at 15:21:17
Three of the five sons were born in Pittsburgh, so for me, there's only one Steel City! ;0). But I do love me some pond balance.
52 Posted 25/12/2020 at 15:18:48
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