The return of James Rodriguez from injury would be “fantastic news” for Everton ahead of Wednesday night’s League Cup quarter-final.

That is according to former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the prospect of the 29-year-old making his return from injury against Manchester United.

Last week, Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed his hopes for the Colombia international to return for the visit of the Red Devils, having missed the last three fixtures due to injury.

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Rodriguez has impressed since arriving to Goodison Park in September, his 11 appearances in all competitions yielding three goals and four assists.

Robinson claimed that the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner brings unique quality to Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

“This is a game that both managers will be desperate to win,” he told Football Insider.

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“Everton have been playing well but James Rodriguez has been so important for them this season.

“He is such a threat with his creativity and gives them so much going forward.

“It depends what system Ancelotti wants to play, whether he goes all out or approaches the game with a more defensive mind.

“But nobody else can do what he does so to have him back fit would be brilliant news because at times he has been their best player.

“Yes, he has gone missing in a couple of games but he is a top class player who has shown his quality time and time again.”  

In other news, Everton duo may have forced Carlo Ancelotti to rethink his January transfer plans, according to Danny Mills.