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Carlo Ancelotti puts James Rodriguez back in contention for Everton's match with Southampton this weekend just 24 hours after ruling him out of Sunday's Premier League clash James Rodriguez could feature for Everton against Southampton this weekend  The Colombian was injured in the Toffees' Merseyside Derby draw with Liverpool Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti claimed James returned to light training on Friday The Toffees face the Saints on Sunday looking to stay top of the Premier League 

By Press Association Sport Staff

Published: 14:43 BST, 23 October 2020 | Updated: 14:43 BST, 23 October 2020

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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful James Rodriguez will be fit for Sunday's match at Southampton - just 24 hours after admitting he expected the playmaker to miss the game.

The Colombia international sustained bruising in a challenge with Virgil Van Dijk in Saturday's Merseyside derby but resumed partial training on Friday and if he trains again on Saturday there is a chance he could play at St Mary's.

'James is not definitely out,' said Ancelotti on Friday. 'He had a big haematoma and was not able to train until today.

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