Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed James Rodriguez is one of the three players ruled out of Everton’s clash with Chelsea on Saturday.
The 29-year-old picked a calf injury in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Burnley and he hasn’t been present in training sessions over the past week.
will play one of their most difficult games of the season against Frank Lampard’s in-form
. The Toffees are coming into this game in poor form after a loss to Leeds United and a draw with Burnley, and without
, things could get worse for Everton.
"We have James out – he had a little problem in the game against Burnley," Ancelotti said at his pre-match news conference.
"He was not able to train this week, I think he will start to train next week. For this game, we don't want to take a risk.
"He had a charge on his calf muscle after the game against Burnley. Nothing special, but he was not able to train.
"We have to look at him after the game to see if he will be able to train and play against Leicester [City, on Wednesday]."
Captain Seamus Coleman and Fabian Delph will sit out as well as James.
"I'm not used to complaining about the players who are not available," added the Italian. "The players who are available trained well and are in good condition.
"We understand that there will be an important moment and test, not only on Saturday but in this period of December.
"So, I think we arrive at the game with confidence and motivation."
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