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Everton fear Yerry Mina is facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury on his return during Monday’s win over Arsenal, according to TuttoMercatoWEB.

Rafa Benitez recalled Mina to his defence for the first time in two-months for the Gunners’ visit to Goodison Park. The centre-half had missed the Toffees’ previous six Premier League games with a hamstring injury sustained in training during October.

Mina was a firm favourite of Benitez’s plans before the October international break with five starts in six games. But the Spaniard will likely now have to make do without the 27-year-old again, ahead of visiting Crystal Palace on Sunday and Chelsea on December 16.

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Benitez had to withdraw Mina 31-minutes into his return as Everton beat Arsenal after he sustained a calf injury. The Toffees are still waiting to receive the final report from their medical department, but early indications point to the defender facing a lengthy absence.


Mason Holgate replaced Mina beside Michael Keane on Monday with Ben Godfrey playing at full-back in place of Lucas Digne. The trio could now start at Selhurst Park this weekend.

Mina injury problems strike again for Everton and Mina

Benitez recalled Mina to the Everton defence against Arsenal in hopes his inclusion could help inspire a change of form. The Toffees lost five and drew one of their top-flight fixtures without their £27m enforcer while he recovered from a hamstring injury.

Mina offered Benitez a vocal and commanding presence earlier in the campaign to earn Michael Ball’s praise. He described the Colombian in a column for the Liverpool Echo as a ‘monster’ who ‘loves the fight, loves winning headers and love a battle’, but only when fit.

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Fitness issues have blighted Mina’s three-years at Goodison since joining from Barcelona in 2018. Benitez also admits his injury record will lead to the defender facing extra problems.

“He has a problem with his calf, not with his hamstring,” Benitez said, via the Liverpool Echo. “So, it is something different. There are some players we know are injury-prone.

“Yerry has been unlucky with injuries in the last two or three-years. We saw he was fine, he was training well, he was ready. If you told me he had a calf problem, then he would not have been totally ready but he was doing everything, he was training really well.”

Benitez will now be anxious for Everton’s medical department to play down fears Mina has sustained another serious injury.

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