Everton are confident midfielder James Rodriguez will be fit to play among four players likely to return against Manchester United on Saturday, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
Rodriguez’s injury came to light in their 2-0 defeat to Southampton. However, the club believes it was sustained in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Goodison Park.
The club maintains the injury is a continuation of a haemotoma problem the midfielder sustained in the Merseyside Derby.
Rodriguez managed to complete 90 minutes at St Mary’s. However he didn’t feature against Newcastle last weekend – the first league game the Colombian has missed.
Everton face United at 12.30 pm on Saturday at Goodison Park. The game comes on the back of consecutive defeats against Southampton and Newcastle.
The Toffees could certainly do with the return of their talisman after losing top spot in the Premier League. The match will also be followed by an international break.
Everton hope for Rodriguez return
Since the Toffees signed Rodriguez from Real Madrid in the summer, he has scored three goals and made four assists in seven appearances.
The 29-year-old played under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich too. He has become an important part of the Italian’s Everton side.
More squad news
Everton will still be without Brazilian forward Richarlison for the United game. He is serving a three-match ban for his red card against Liverpool.
The 23-year-old has scored four goals and made two assists in all competitions this season.
However, French full-back Lucas Digne will be available for selection again after his three-match ban for a red card against Southampton was reduced to one.
Digne received a red card for a challenge from behind on Kyle Walker-Peters. However, the FA reduced his punishment based on the nature of the foul.
Summer signing Ben Godfrey will also hope to return this weekend after a hamstring injury forced him out of the Newcastle game.
Club captain Seamus Coleman is also aiming to recover from a hamstring problem to face United on Saturday.
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