Everton: Vitaliy Mykolenko could face Brentford after illness
Everton reporter for The Athletic Patrick Boyland has shared that Vitaliy Mykolenko could make a return at home to Brentford in the Premier League after illness.
The Lowdown: Missed Nottingham Forest
Mykolenko missed last weekend’s 2-2 draw away at Nottingham Forest through illness, which was the first game that he has missed in the top flight so far this season.
Ben Godfrey, a central defender by trade, had to fill in at left-back in his place, and struggled at times up against Forest right-winger Brennan Johnson, who scored twice in the match.
The Latest: Return to training
Taking to Twitter, Boyland shared the news that Mykolenko has been ‘back in training’ after illness, meaning that he should be able to make a return against Brentford:
“Mykolenko back in training after illness.”
The Verdict: Boost
Mykolenko’s return is no doubt a boost for the Goodison Park and outfit, as he is tried and trusted after not missing a Premier League match before last weekend.
It also means that a natural left-back can return to the position, with the Bees promising to be a tough nut to crack having been unbeaten in the league since October.
In what has been a disappointing season for the Merseysiders so far, Mykolenko has been one of Everton’s more consistent performers, ranking highly among his team-mates for average interceptions, blocks, key passes and crosses per game in the top flight (WhoScored), and the Toffees will need him to be at his best against Brentford, should he come straight back into the side.