Rafa Benitez reflects on James Rodriguez
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Rafa Benitez reflects on James Rodriguez

The first international break of the season occurred after Everton had only played four games in the new season.

Monday's encounter against Burnley at Goodison Park will feel like another season-opening, with the Blues seeking to make it two out of two at home.

Manager Rafa Benitez began his news conference today by providing an injury update on club captain Seamus Coleman, who returned early from Republic of Ireland international action with a hamstring injury.

“It was not very bad to be fair, so he can be available for Monday.

“The majority of the players are fine. We have two or three issues but Yerry Mina is training already and Ben Godfrey is also. Seamus will be available. Fabian Delph still has a problem with his shoulder.

“The others are coming back, Tom Davies also, so we are in a good situation at the moment.”

The issue on everyone's mind, though, is if James Rodriguez is healthy and ready to play starting Monday night.

“He’s training with the team, obviously we have been talking about his future and we had some clubs interested.

Rafa went on to explain how he intends to reintegrate James into his group.

“He’s still here, he’s training with the rest of his teammates. For match fitness he needs to play games and needs to play games in a row, and at the moment he’s a little bit behind the others.”

Rafa added on how he was planning to reintegrate James into his squad.

“Obviously the team is doing well, the players they understand what we want to do. He has to understand that, we have to try to bring out the best from each player.

“In this case he has to adapt to the team and we will try to get the best from everyone.”

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