James Rodriguez's latest no-show in the Everton line-up is apparently “concerning” his international manager, Reinaldo Rueda, who fears the club are trying to ensure he doesn't participate in this summer's Copa America.
The 29-year-old was set to play in the Blues' final home game of the season against Wolves yesterday but was withdrawn at the last minute due to what Carlo Ancelotti described as “feeling fatigued” following his 78 minutes against Sheffield United three days prior, the latest match he has missed through a lack of fitness.
James has missed four of Everton's last five fixtures as well as sitting out all of their games in March and former Colombian international Iván René Valenciano believes it's part of some plot to keep Rodriguez in England during the close season and fresh for next season.
Among Everton supporters, of course, the worry as been the opposite — that James has been trying to save himself so that he can play as much as he can for Colombia this summer.
In comments made to the VBAR Caracol program, relayed by Infobae, Valenciano said:
“I'm going to give you some news that has just been passed on to me… James didn't play today because Everton don't want to loan him out to the national team,”
“It's a serious situation because when you don't want to loan a player to the national team, it seems to me that they're going to do everything they can to try to prove that he can't play.
“If they show that he is injured and that he is not fit to play, he is under no obligation to come.
“I think that is where the player should intervene, talk to the club and tell him, I want to go to my national team and I will do everything possible to go if he feels physically fit to come.
“This has a process, Everton communicates to the Federation that the player is injured and must send everything that has been done to him.
“If the Colombian Federation is not calm with what the team has sent, it can do all the checks to see if it is okay. It is not an easy issue and more so on a FIFA date.”
Ancelotti said after the win over Wolves that he is “hopeful” that Rodriguez will be fit to play in the season-closer at Manchester City on Sunday where Everton will likely need to win to have a chance of clinching a spot in the Europa Conference League.
Quotes sourced from Sport Witness
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1 Posted 20/05/2021 at 17:55:08
2 Posted 20/05/2021 at 17:55:58
“I can't tell you where I would like to retire. I don't think it will be long because I wouldn't want to play when I'm too old.”
If he is already thinking about how he is going to spend his retirement that's on the horizon "soon", is he highly motivated to play for a Colombian team that has been struggling or indeed his club? I suspect not. he is likely to be a part timer for another season then spend all his time on Instagram.
4 Posted 20/05/2021 at 18:10:49
5 Posted 20/05/2021 at 18:45:00
6 Posted 20/05/2021 at 18:48:13
7 Posted 20/05/2021 at 19:08:54
8 Posted 20/05/2021 at 19:11:58
9 Posted 20/05/2021 at 19:18:50
The Echo must be really short of news or does this confirm the theory that most journos are too lazy to find news but sit on their backsides waiting for stories to come to them?
I would rather see Alan Biley back before Coutinho out on the Goodison pitch!
10 Posted 20/05/2021 at 19:20:44
‘run into the ground during international duty Do me a favour he played four games in 2020, substituted in one. He has played no international games in 2021.
Clutching at straws or what
11 Posted 20/05/2021 at 19:27:50
12 Posted 20/05/2021 at 19:48:50
13 Posted 20/05/2021 at 20:06:24
14 Posted 20/05/2021 at 20:16:52
A rumour that this continued fatigue is due to the testicle injury he received from the VD challenge back in October.
Apparently, the "testicle " can become swollen when he plays.
Could be perhaps the reason Ancelotti said some weeks back that he couldn't speak about Rodriquez absence due to personal reasons or words to that effect.
Could be a load of bollocks, but who knows !
15 Posted 20/05/2021 at 20:31:42
16 Posted 20/05/2021 at 21:40:29
Oliver #14, I still believe that was a horrible, pre-meditated assault on James by Van Djyk, followed by one on Calver-Lewin, far more sinister than the awkward challenge by Pickford.
17 Posted 20/05/2021 at 21:53:59
18 Posted 20/05/2021 at 22:31:09
I have watched both challenges time and time again and VD was trying to do damage to both our players.
VD is a bit of dirty bastard, but very crafty.
I always thought that Pickford never knew what he was doing with his challenge on VD, now I have changed my mind.
I now think Pickford knew what what he was doing and gave him his own "fuck you" tackle.
19 Posted 20/05/2021 at 23:14:34
Sure he played a few decent games but not as many as he should have much like a few other well paid guys.
I am always worried when we sign players who are not regulars where they are and Walcott was such a player also.
Skill is nothing unless it is put to good use but we shouldn't have to wait for every blue moon to see it.
We need to seriously strengthen up the midfield and James like Gylfi, Delph, Gomes and Iwobi could be sacrificed down the line.
20 Posted 21/05/2021 at 01:12:27
Rodriguez was okay while it was all a novelty to him with the sun on his back at the start of the season... now, he just can't be arsed.
And neither should we – Taxi!
21 Posted 21/05/2021 at 06:08:46
22 Posted 21/05/2021 at 08:59:10
Seems the body can't push through boundaries anymore, once past 30 it gets even harder when you are injury prone.
23 Posted 21/05/2021 at 12:16:28
24 Posted 21/05/2021 at 12:21:31
25 Posted 21/05/2021 at 16:30:17
26 Posted 21/05/2021 at 17:50:42
Not saying that impacted his ongoing fitness issues in 2021, but I definitely think it took a toll heading into December and the festive fixtures.
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