James Rodriguez to miss next two games for Everton

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti on Friday confirmed that midfielder James Rodriguez will miss the next two games for the side.

Rodriguez will definitely miss the Boxing Day trip to Sheffield United and visit of Manchester City on December 28 due to the calf problem that has seen him sit out the Blues’ last four games, while Richarlison is being assessed after suffering a blow to the head during Wednesday’s Carabao Cup meeting with Manchester United.

The Brazilian was withdrawn on 56 minutes after a collision with Eric Bailly and by Premier League rules will not be allowed to play for a total of six days if he is found to have suffered a concussion.

With Everton in the midst of a hectic festive schedule – the visit of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was the Blues’ fourth game in 12 days – Ancelotti admits there will be opportunities for others to shine.

Earlier this season, Everton lost three straight matches while Richarlison was suspended.

“If he [Richarlison] has a concussion, he has to stay out, we have to follow the protocols and we have to be able to replace him better than when he was not here [before]. Also, for the next two games James will not be available,” Ancelotti told the club’s official website.

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