Pundit baffled by 'weird' Rodriguez development at Everton as statement issued

The disagreement Everton are currently involved in with Colombia regarding James Rodriguez’s fitness does not reflect well on the club.

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Everton released a statement regarding the contentious issue.

The Toffees medical director Danny Donachie claimed that “we had no issues at all with James joining up with Colombia.”

That comes after the 29-year-old was left out of his national team’s squad for the forthcoming Copa America.

The attacking-midfielder missed Everton’s last two matches in 2020-21 but Donachie was adamant that he would be fit in time for South America’s showpiece tournament.

Kenny insists that the fact that Everton’s fitness threshold appears to be lower than Colombia’s is worrying.

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“He’s a legend in Colombia,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“But they’ve obviously taken him out there done some tests and made this decision.

“It looks weird. It doesn’t look good at all that Everton are saying he looks fit and Colombia are saying he isn’t.

“But at the end of the day, do they want to take a player who isn’t 100 per cent fit and taking a place off a player who is fit? So I totally get it.

“If he’s not fit enough, he’s not fit enough. Simple as. He could get another injury or aggravate the one he’s already got.”

It has been a tumultuous week for Everton who lost manager Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid.

Football Insider first revealed that the club were worried about the Spanish giants pinching their man in mid-May.

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