Having joined Everton for big money after an impressive World Cup with Colombia, much was expected from Yerry Mina this season.
Injuries, however, have limited his impact at Goodison Park with the 24-year-old now set for even more time on the sideline.
The Liverpool Echo reports Everton are sweating on Mina’s fitness after he came off injured in Colombia’s recent defeat to South Korea, leaving Marco Silva with something to now truly think about.
With Mina looking like an injury-prone acquisition, it might not be long until the Portuguese coach loses patience.
And if so, here are two potential consequences that could follow.
Michael Keane Becomes Untouchable
Arriving for a large fee, the expectation was that Mina would be Silva’s first-choice centre-back.
Instead, that has probably been Michael Keane, whose standing in the squad will only rise while Mina sits in the stands.
With Mina looking like he is a sprint away from pulling up, it is hard to see how Silva could possibly trust him ahead of Keane.
Why risk having to use a substitution early on the former Barcelona man in a meaningful game when Keane, who simply put, looks more reliable in every aspect right now, is available?
New Central Defender Is Signed
With it not yet known whether Everton will make Kurt Zouma’s loan move from Chelsea a permanent one, the Merseyside club may be in the market for a new central defender come the summer.
And Mina suffering yet another injury could easily see that possible search become a more urgent one.
Even if the Toffees do end up buying Zouma outright, it would still not be a surprise to see Silva ask for another centre-back.
A rapidly declining Phil Jagielka and injury-prone Mina could leave Silva going into games in the 2019/20 season with just two centre-halves he can realistically rely on, making the addition of more than one name for that area of the squad potentially being a necessity.
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