Everton centre-back Yerry Mina has suffered a thigh injury during training and will miss the resumption of the season.
As the Blues gear up to return to action and face off against Liverpool, they will be without one of their key players. As reported by Paul Joyce, Mina tore his thigh muscle in training on Friday and won’t be available for selection for the first match back.
Carlo Ancelotti’s pairing option for defence will now likely be Mason Holgate and Michael Keane. Matthew Pennington recently returned from loan with Hull but it’s unlikely the manager will risk starting him in the Merseyside derby.
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According to Sofascore, Keane loses possession on average 8.9 times per game, which is a concerning number when faced against the Premier League’s most clinical forward three. The 27-year-old has also committed one foul which led to a penalty this season, which shows that he can be nervous under pressure.
Faced against a hungry Liverpool side who will be hoping to win the title against their rivals, the Everton defence could come under relentless attacking fire. If Arsenal can clinch a win over Manchester City and Liverpool get three points against the Toffees, the Reds will be crowned champions. Will the runaway leaders make this Everton injury blow work to their advantage?
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