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James Rodriguez will miss Everton’s match against Southampton on Sunday. The Colombian sustained an injury from a “mistimed” tackle from Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby, according to his boss Carlo Ancelotti. Liverpool and Everton shared the spoils after the first derby of the season finished 2-2.
“Unfortunately, James had a problem during the game,” he said. “He had a mistimed tackle with Virgil van Dijk at the beginning of the game and I think he will not be available for the game against Southampton.”
Pickford has faced some heavy criticism for his foul on Virgil Van Dijk, which could see the Liverpool defender miss the remainder of the season. But Ancelotti has jumped to the defence of his goalkeeper, insisting Pickford has been nothing but apologetic.
“To be clear, we are really sorry for the injury of Virgil van Dijk,” Ancelotti said. “Every one of us hopes he can recover soon and well.
“There was this contact with Jordan Pickford: it was mistimed contact. But the fact the Premier League is so fast, it is not so difficult to arrive a little bit later.
“Jordan arrived a little bit later but his intention was to try to reach the ball. It was not to hurt Virgil van Dijk. To say it was premeditated, and this and that, in my opinion, is too much.”