sport news Carlo Ancelotti confirms James Rodriguez will miss Everton's trip to Newcastle

Carlo Ancelotti confirms talisman James Rodriguez will miss Everton's trip to Newcastle as playmaker 'needs to rest' after bizarre testicle injury

By Mark Mann-bryans, Press Association

Published: 15:54 GMT, 30 October 2020 | Updated: 15:54 GMT, 30 October 2020

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Everton will be without James Rodriguez for Sunday's trip to Newcastle as the Premier League leaders look to return to winning ways.

Carlo Ancelotti's side slipped to their first defeat of the campaign at Southampton last weekend, but other results went their way to leave the Toffees at the top of the table.

Rodriguez played the whole 90 minutes against Saints despite Ancelotti raising concerns over his fitness before the game.

After sustaining a testicle injury James Rodriguez has been undertaking pressure therapy

After sustaining a testicle injury James Rodriguez has been undertaking pressure therapy

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the playmaker will not be travelling with the squad to Newcastle

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the playmaker will not be travelling with the squad to Newcastle

Now, though, the former man will miss out at St James' Park having enjoyed a fine start to life on Merseyside.

'We have back Jonjoe Kenny and (Jarrad) Branthwaite. James will not be available, and we have (Seamus) Coleman out and Richarlison and Lucas Digne suspended,' Ancelotti said when asked for the latest team news.

'He (Rodriguez) has played all the games. He had a little problem, so he needs to rest for

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