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Everton dealt James Rodriguez blow ahead of Chelsea clash


Everton dealt James Rodriguez blow ahead of Chelsea clash

Everton have been dealt a major blow on the personnel front, ahead of the club’s upcoming meeting with Chelsea.

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Carlo Ancelotti’s men are set to return to return to action tomorrow night, in a high-profile meeting with the Pensioners at Goodison Park.

The hosts will head into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result, having seen their stellar early-season form fall off a cliff of late.

Across the club’s last 7 Premier League outings, Everton have managed just a solitary win, the latest of which saw the Merseysiders held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Burnley last weekend.

This stretch, in turn, has seen Everton slip to 9th in the English top-flight ahead of the upcoming gameweek.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates with teammate Richarlison after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Everton at Turf Moor on December 05, 2020 in Burnley, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates with teammate Richarlison after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Everton at Turf Moor on December 05, 2020 in Burnley, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Toffees’ opponents this weekend, on the other hand, are currently in the midst of a scintillating stretch of form.

Chelsea sit just 2 points adrift of the Premier League summit as things stand, having not fallen to a single defeat across all competitions since being ousted from the League Cup by Spurs late in September.

James ruled out

As such, for obvious reasons, it is the visitors who will head into proceedings at Goodison on Saturday as overwhelming favourites to bag all 3 points.

And, as outlined above, the mountain facing Ancelotti and co. in a little over 24 hours’ time has today been made to look even steeper.

This comes on the back of a major blow on the injury front.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference this afternoon, the Everton boss was asked for a fitness update on his squad.

And Ancelotti went on to reveal that all of captain Seamus Coleman, versatile midfielder Fabian Delph and, perhaps most significantly of all, summer addition James Rodriguez are set to miss out versus Chelsea, with respective injury problems:

‘He was not able to train, nothing special but he was not able to train’, Ancelotti explained regarding Rodriguez. ‘We have to look at him after the game, to see if he will be able to train and play against Leicester.’

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Tottenham Hotspur FC 11 14 24
2 Liverpool FC 11 9 24
3 Chelsea FC 11 14 22
4 Leicester City FC 11 6 21
5 Southampton FC 11 4 20
6 Manchester United FC 10 2 19
7 Manchester City FC 10 6 18
8 West Ham United FC 11 4 17
9 Everton FC 11 2 17
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 11 -4 17
11 Crystal Palace FC 11 1 16
12 Aston Villa FC 9 7 15
13 Newcastle United FC 10 -3 14
14 Leeds United 11 -4 14
15 Arsenal FC 11 -4 13
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 11 -3 10
17 Fulham FC 11 -10 7
18 Burnley FC 10 -13 6
19 West Bromwich Albion 11 -15 6
20 Sheffield United FC 11 -13 1
Player Team Goals
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 10
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 9
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 8
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 7
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 4
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Zouma, Kurt Chelsea FC 4



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