A day is a long time in the world of football.

Yesterday, Carlo Ancelotti ruled James Rodriguez out of Everton’s trip to Southampton on Sunday.

The club’s official website reported the Colombian’s absence and thoughts began to turn to who could replace him in the starting 11.

Today, Ancelotti had a far more optimistic update on James’s fitness, saying he could make the game on the south coast after all.

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Ancelotti said that Rodriguez has trained this morning – only partially, however – and he hopes he can train tomorrow.

If he comes through that, then the Italian says he could well be involved against the Saints.

That positive prognosis has got plenty of Everton fans on Twitter excited.

They’ve got a better chance of all three points, continuing their unbeaten start to the season, with the playmaker in the side.

The unexpected news has led to some excited Toffees, and we put together some of the best reaction.

Ancelotti has kept Southampton guessing over whether they’ll be facing the mercurial midfielder or not, right up until the teamsheets go in…

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