Goalkeeper’s obstacle led to the defender hurting his knee.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti firmly insists tips goalkeeper Jordan Pickford‘s careless deal with on Virgil van Dijk was pre-meditated are “not fair”.
The England top has come in for criticism from all sides, with Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum continuing the attack earlier this week by recommending the goalkeeper was “stupid” and made the obstacle without issue for the player’s well-being.
Ancelotti has dismissed that and stated everybody at the club is sorry about Van Dijk’s knee ligament injury, which will keep him out for a number of months.
|@MrAncelotti states James Rodriguez and Seamus Coleman are set to miss out on Sunday’s game at Southampton. #SOUEVE
— Everton (@Everton) October 22, 2020
“To be clear, we are really sorry for the injury of Virgil van Dijk. Every one of us hopes he can recover soon and well,” he informed everton.tv.
” There was this contact with Jordan Pickford: it was mistimed contact however the fact the Premier League is so fast, it is not so tough to get here a bit later on.
” It can occur. He got here a bit later however his intent was to attempt to capture theball It was not to injure Virgil van Dijk.
” To state it was pre-meditated and this and that, in my opinion, is excessive. Virgil van Dijk understands this. This is football and sadly you can be hurt.
“Jordan is truly unfortunate, truly dissatisfied (Van Dijk is hurt) however to state it was pre-meditated, it was dumb, is not fair.
“It was a strong contact, maybe mistimed, but sometimes in football it can happen.”
Ancelotti also exposed forward James Rodriguez and captain Seamus Coleman run out Sunday’s see to Southampton after sustaining injuries in last weekend’s Merseyside derby.
Defender Coleman hopped off with a hamstring problem early in the first half and while Rodriguez finished 90 minutes however reported a problem after the match.
“Unfortunately, James had a problem during the game [against Liverpool],” added Ancelotti, who will also lack Richarlison who starts a 3-match suspension for his red card against Liverpool.
No holding back from @GWijnaldum on the Jordan Pickford deal with which sidelined @VirgilvDijk and his distaste of @Everton’s approach in general to Merseyside derbies pic.twitter.com/qHB9Z3oB1r
— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) October 20, 2020
“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.”
The Toffees manager anticipates Coleman to miss out on “two or three weeks” however his lack will be balanced out by the return of Jonjoe Kenny from an ankle problem.