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Everton handed James Rodriguez injury boost

Everton head into their final three matches needing maximum points to guarantee themselves a place in Europe next term.

Ancelotti’s men have come close to Champions League football but they will ultimately fall short on that front.

Though, their end to the season is set to be brightened by the return of James Rodriguez to the matchday squad on Sunday evening.

The Colombian has missed the last three games after picking up an unfortunate calf injury in the warm-up ahead of Everton’s clash at Villa Park.

James has struggled for fitness ever since but Ancelotti will welcome him back into the side when they face Sheffield United – that’s according to the Liverpool Echo.

The former Real Madrid star faces a late fitness test but should be fit enough to make the bench at the very least.

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The Everton boss commented in midweek: “If the training is good on Friday and Saturday, he will play vs Sheffield United. He is pain-free now, he has no problem.”

With James already missing 11 league matches through injury this term, it will delight Ancelotti to have him back in contention to play.

No player has more assists (9) than the Colombia international for Everton this term while he’s also a player who can provide moments of magic from nowhere.

Any team would miss a player of his calibre so it will be a massive boost to have him back for the run-in.

FFC has already spoken about the need to start him from the off on Sunday but the Toffees must be careful with his fitness. After all, James has a busy summer ahead of him with the Copa America taking place.

Fortunately, the Everton manager has already factored this in as they plan his usage over the course of the year.

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Speaking earlier in the week, Ancelotti said: “We have to do a specific programme we are doing right now, in the last period, to avoid this kind of problem.

“His history said that he had a lot of problems with his calf in the past, when he was in Bayern, we had to work hard to do more prevention on this.”

Having had a hand in 15 goals this term, his numbers are impressive for someone playing out their first campaign in English football.

Without him, they have been devoid of creativity. Gylfi Sigurdsson has managed just three key passes in the last four matches and hasn’t registered an assist since the beginning of March.

Therefore, to have a player who simply oozes creative class back in the side will please Ancelotti no end.

AND in other news, Everton could find their very own TAA by signing £3.5k-p/w gem with “enormous ability”…

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