James Rodriguez is struggling with a TESTICLE injury and is having to use a pressure-treatment therapy machine – with Everton’s star playmaker unable to use ice to reduce the bruising
- James Rodriguez is recovering from testicle injury with pressure therapy device
- Everton playmaker suffered bruising in challenge with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk
- Rodriguez did manage to play full 90 minutes in Southampton loss last weekend
James Rodriguez is a doubt for Everton’s trip to Newcastle as he continues to struggle with the after-effects of a sensitive injury he sustained in the Merseyside derby.
The Colombia international damaged his testicle following an early collision with Virgil van Dijk during the 2-2 draw with Liverpool, a blow that left him with severe bruising and unable to train for most of last week.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti described Rodriguez as having a ‘haematoma’ and the 29-year-old was restricted to resting to let the damage settle down. He wore compression pants to help the healing process.
James Rodriguez recovering from testicle injury by using pressure-treatment therapy machine
The Everton playmaker sustained bruising in a challenge with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk
The playmaker has been using a a pressure-treatment therapy machine called NormaTec to help reduce bruising as ice is unable to be used.
The technology works by massaging the legs using air pressure to improve circulation and lessen bruising. Rodriguez uploaded an image of himself sitting on a sofa using the machine last weekend.
The injury had made him a doubt for the Toffees’ clash at Southampton last week but he did end up playing the whole match.
Rodriguez played against the Saints six days ago, but by the end of the game he found it difficult to run.
Everton would have made a substitution but had already made their permitted three changes and had lost Lucas Digne, who had been sent off.
Rodriguez did play the full 90 minutes of Everton’s match against Southampton last weekend
‘James is not definitely out,’ Ancelotti said last Friday. ‘He had a big haematoma and was not able to train until today.
‘He is much better now and we have confidence that maybe he can play.
‘Fortunately, I think his recovery was really good and he trained today – he had a partial training session.
‘I hope he is going to train tomorrow and we will see if he is in condition to play on Sunday.’
Rodriguez failed to make an impact in the 2-0 defeat at St Mary’s following the injury and it remains to be seen if he’s fully recovered for the visit to Newcastle on Sunday.
The 29-year-old has made an instant impression at Goodison Park, scoring three goals and supplying four assists in seven matches, following his £20million switch from Real Madrid this summer.