Premier League leaders Everton lose James Rodriguez for match against Newcastle United

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, like many of his fellow Premier League managers, is increasingly concerned by the toll the packed schedule is taking on their players.

Agence France-Presse October 30, 2020 22:04:37 IST
Premier League leaders Everton lose James Rodriguez for match against Newcastle United

File image of James Rodriguez. AP Photo

London: Premier League leaders Everton will be without dynamic playmaker James Rodriguez for Sunday's away game with Newcastle said manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The 29-year-old Colombian international played in last weekend's loss to Southampton despite being a doubt beforehand.

However, Ancelotti — whose side lead city rivals and champions Liverpool on goal difference — said at his pre-match press conference James would be rested for the weekend.

Everton will also be without suspended duo Richarlison and Lucas Digne.

"He has played all the games, he had a little problem so he needs to rest for this game and he will be available for the next game," said Ancelotti.

Ancelotti, like many of his fellow Premier League managers, is  increasingly concerned by the toll the packed schedule is taking on their players.

The 61-year-old Italian has seen a report which has been compiled about the rate of injuries this season.

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said earlier on Friday that 42 percent of the injuries are soft-tissue problems, adding it was "a big stat".

"Yeah, I saw the report," said Ancelotti.

"It has been a really, really busy schedule, but after the international break we only have one game a week so it's not so bad for us."

The former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich handler said the same cannot be said for teams, such as Liverpool, former club Chelsea and others with European commitments.

"For teams in the Champions League and Europa League it's really busy," he said.

"The fact there are more injuries is for that reason and the managers are more concerned for this.

"I agree with this, because it's a really busy schedule.

"Also, you have to consider that for the international break you are going to lose all the players and you can't give them a rest, so it's really complicated."

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Premier League expected to stick to three-substitutes rule: CEO Richard Masters
Sports

Premier League expected to stick to three-substitutes rule: CEO Richard Masters

Liverpool manager Klopp and Manchester City boss Guardiola have been vociferous in their calls for the Premier League to allow five substitutions, with fears over rising player injuries during the hectic fixture schedule.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Brazil maintain perfect start with win over Uruguay; Argentina beat Peru
Sports

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Brazil maintain perfect start with win over Uruguay; Argentina beat Peru

Victory in Montevideo left Brazil on top of South America's qualifying standings on 12 points with four wins from four games. Argentina are second on 10 points after beating Peru, with surprise team Ecuador third on nine points.

Premier League: Manchester United say systems hit by 'sophisticated' cyber attack
Sports

Premier League: Manchester United say systems hit by 'sophisticated' cyber attack

The northwest English club said it was confident “critical systems” required for matches to be staged at Old Trafford are secure, ensuring the team can host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.