Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Yerry Mina “is in good condition” ahead of Everton’s meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers and should start on Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old returned from injury at the end of June to play in Everton’s 2-1 win over Leicester City (July 1), 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur (July 6) and 1-1 Southampton (July 9).
It’s great news that he hasn’t suffered a setback during the fixture pileup and Ancelotti was positive in his pre-match press conference as a result. He said: “(Mina’s) performance (against Southampton) was good, better in the second half than in the first half. His injury is gone, he is quite fresh. I think he can play on Sunday.”
Mina joined Everton from Barcelona for £27.2m in 2018 and has gone on to make 47 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals with one assist. He’s been a regular when fit this season, making 32 appearances across the board, but he’s only amassed 166 minutes of Premier League football since February.
Everton started with the Colombian international and Michael Keane at centre-back against Southampton, but Mason Holgate’s return may give Ancelotti a difficult decision to make. The 23-year-old has impressed at the heart of Everton’s backline this season and could come straight back into the team, but who would be dropped for him?