Date: 9th July 2020 at 1:15pm
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

Everton have confirmed that Mason Holgate ‘will miss’ Thursday evening’s meeting with Southampton. The 23-year-old picked up a shin injury in Everton’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday but could return ahead of next Sunday’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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In his absence, Carlo Ancelotti may turn to Yerry Mina to partner Michael Keane at centre-back against the Saints. Everton have conceded only two goals from their last four games (0-0 draw with Liverpool, 1-0 win over Norwich City, 2-1 win over Leicester City, 1-0 defeat to Tottenham), so Holgate’s absence will be a blow.

The 23-year-old has made 31 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring one goal with three assists. Holgate had to be patient to get regular first-team football, featuring just once in the Premier League until mid-October, but he’s been undroppable ever since.

Thursday evening’s clash with Southampton will be the first league game Holgate has missed for nine months. Everton paid £1.26m to sign the centre-back from Barnsley in 2015, but his market value has risen to £12.15m.

The Toffees aren’t likely to let Holgate leave for less than £30m, however, as he’s now one of the first names on the teamsheet. Everton will hope to get through their clash with Southampton without him.

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