Everton have been hit with a potential injury to key centre-back Yerry Mina ahead of the Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool this weekend.
According to The Times journalist Paul Joyce, Mina has suffered a thigh injury and Everton are assessing it ahead of the game. Mina played for Colombia during the international breaks after also starting all four Premier League games for Everton.
Allan, Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes all expected to be fit for Everton v Liverpool. Yerry Mina to be assessed due to thigh problem.,
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) October 14, 2020
Seamus Coleman, Andre Gomes and Allan are all fit for the Blues, but it looks like Mina could be in danger of missing out on the match through injury.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
This could be a huge blow to Everton if Mina misses the game due to his excellent start to the season. The centre-back has been a rock for the Blues in their four Premier League games and has averaged an exceptional WhoScored rating of 7.32.
He has won 14 aerial battles, made 10 interceptions, 18 clearances and five blocks in four Premier League matches – showing off his defensive ability in the back four next to Michael Keane. Mina also managed to score a goal in the 4-2 win over Brighton, proving himself to be a threat in both boxes with his aerial ability.
If Mina does have to watch on from the stands, Liverpool could benefit from his absence. His statistics from the start of the season show that he is in good form and defending well, so Everton losing him from their back four could give a boost to Liverpool in the sense that they could find it easier to break them down without Mina.