Date: 12th September 2020 at 8:56pm
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes should be fit to face Tottenham in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League opener after recovering from respective injuries.

Mina was previously struggling with a thigh injury while Gomes had a niggle that caused him to return early from international duty.

Carlo Ancelotti is expecting the pair to be available this weekend, however, so we’ll have a strong squad to take to North London.

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What injuries did Mina pick up last season?

The 25-year-old made 33/43 appearances in all competitions last season (76.7%), amassing 2593/3870 minutes of football (67%). He picked up a knee injury in October 2019, a knock in December, a muscle injury in June 2020 and another muscle injury in July.

Mina didn’t feature in our 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion (October 26, 2019), 3-1 win over Chelsea (December 7), 1-1 draw with Manchester United (March 1), 4-0 defeat to Chelsea (March 8), 0-0 draw with Liverpool (June 21), 1-0 win over Norwich City (June 24), 1-1 draw with Aston Villa (July 16), 1-0 win over Sheffield United (July 20) and 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth (July 26).

It’s a big boost to have the Colombian international back as Mason Holgate has been ruled out due to injury. Mina should now start alongside Michael Keane.

We need Gomes to prove his worth

It looks like Gomes will be fit to face Spurs, but he needs to start replicating his performances from when he was on loan in 2018/19. The 27-year-old has struggled for form, fitness and playing time since joining us permanently last summer, so here’s hoping that is behind us in 2020/21.

Gomes made only 20/43 appearances (46.5%) and racked up a paltry 1550/3870 minutes (40%) of football. He didn’t set the place alight either. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Fabian Delph and Tom Davies all underwhelmed last season and Gomes was unable to save them.

Now we have Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure at our disposal, the Portuguese international’s place in the side could be up for grabs if things fail to improve.

He may not be the only one at risk either, as Sigurdsson could be sold before the transfer window shuts, Delph is a target for Burnley and Davies has been linked with Newcastle.

In other news, Juventus still interested in bringing Moise Kean back on loan