Frank Lampard has now dropped some positive Everton injury news on Yerry Mina ahead of their game at home to Newcastle United on Thursday night.
The Lowdown: Injury update
Speaking in his pre-game press conference ahead of the match (via The Liverpool Echo), Lampard confirmed that both Mina and Fabian Delph were ruled out through injury, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still to be ‘assessed’ after taking ill during their 1-0 loss at home to Wolves last time out.
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Aside from the suspension of Jonjoe Kenny, due to his red card in that clash, the former Chelsea and Derby County manager has no other fresh concerns with regards to his squad.
The Latest: Mina boost
Despite the fact that he ruled Mina out for the clash, Lampard also gave an update on where the Colombia international is in terms of his recovery:
“Mina is still a few weeks away at best. So that one is slightly parked but he’s working very, very hard. It’s good to see.”
The Verdict: Positive
The fact that Mina is working hard to get back to full fitness is at least some positive news for the Goodison Park faithful, with ‘a few weeks’ a decent timescale for fans when two of those weeks will be an international break.
Four of the Merseyside club’s six wins in the Premier League have come when he is playing, showing that he is a key part of the backline, and the fact that he missed the 5-0 drubbing away at Tottenham Hotspur, after which Jamie Carragher called the defence on the night a ‘Championship back four‘, says a lot for his credentials.
He also ranks highly among his teammates in terms of average aerial duels won, clearances and pass success per match in the top flight (WhoScored), and so Lampard will be desperate for him to recover as soon as possible for the relegation battle ahead.
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