Date: 19th July 2020 at 10:00am
Written by: Cory Lions

Lots of Everton fans have been reacting on social media after Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph will miss the remainder of the season through injuries.

Ancelotti addressed the trio’s hopes of featuring again before the end of the 2019/20 campaign during his pre-Sheffield United press conference on Saturday, in which confirmed that he will be without them for Everton’s two remaining Premier League games.

“All three are out for the rest of the season,” Ancelotti told the assembled press, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo.

“It’s only 10 days, so they will not be able to recover before the end of the season. I’m disappointed of course. When a player has an injury, we are always disappointed. But unfortunately it can happen, in this last period we have had a lot of games. We are lucky that we didn’t have a lot of problems in this aspect.”

The Blues were without Mina for the club’s last top-flight clash with the Columbian forced to sit out our 1-1 draw with Aston Villa having failed a late fitness test, with the muscle gripe still causing issues.

Holgate, on the other hand, was able to return for the first 16 minutes of the claret and blue affair, but the Doncaster-born centre-half was forced off early into his return from a shin injury that prevented his involvement against Southampton and Wolves.

Delph has been out for the longest period between himself, Mina and Holgate having been on the sidelines since March, meaning his debut Goodison Park campaign will end with 16 Premier League appearances, of which 13 were starts and none returned a goal or assist.

News of Everton being without Mina, Holgate and Delph for the final fixtures of the term naturally sparked an array of downbeat responses on social media…

From the misery also came frustration from some fans on social media, with a selection of the Blues fanbase using this as the latest ammunition to slate Delph as a poor signing following plenty of calls to flog him to Leeds United this summer

Ancelotti’s confirmation of Mina and Holgate being out for the rest of the season also led these fans to look ahead at who could step in, with 18-year-old prospect Jarrad Branthwaite again the likely option.

Branthwaite made his senior Everton debut in the 3-0 defeat to Wolves earlier this month and again stepped up to the challenge at home to Aston Villa when Holgate was forced off, with two clearances, two blocked shots, two tackles, a 50% aerial duel success rate and played 41 accurate passes (91%), per Sofa Score data.


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