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Frank Lampard’s January transfer plans could be in serious doubt after penalty win vs Celtic – opinion
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Frank Lampard’s January transfer plans could be in serious doubt after penalty win vs Celtic – opinion

Everton came away from the first of their two matches in Australia with a penalty shootout win against Scottish champions Celtic.

Neither side could break the deadlock after 90 minutes, but Frank Lampard’s men kept their composure from 12 yards.

However, it wasn’t all good news for Lampard, after his side suffered a number of injuries.

Tom Davies left the tour altogether after picking up a knee injury in training.

It’s an injury that will particularly worry Everton fans after he missed the majority of last season with a knee issue.

Abdoulaye Doucoure was also substituted at half-time after picking up a problem, leaving Lampard short of central options.

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With Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye both in Qatar, two of Lampard’s alternatives have now missed out on their chances to impress.

Lampard also decided to use a three at the back system to give the likes of Yerry Mina and Michael Keane some valuable minutes.

However, Everton fans will be forgiven if they had a sense of déjà vu when they saw Mina pick up an injury in the first half.

The Colombian has had rotten luck with his fitness since arriving at Goodison Park, and has now suffered another setback.

Mina picks up another injury

After the match, Lampard was asked about the 28-year-old’s fitness.

“He felt his hamstring a little bit so we are going to have to scan that one.” Lampard said.

It’s the last thing Everton will want to hear as they look to potentially offload the defender in January.

Mina has hardly played a role for Everton this season after the introduction of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski.

A report from The Athletic suggested that Lampard has already given the green light to selling Mina.

Roma are reportedly interested in signing Mina, and could consider a cut-price deal for the 28-year-old given his contract runs out this summer.

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Mina is currently Everton’s highest earner, and getting his wages off the books will allow the Toffees to invest in other areas of the squad.

It’s a bitter blow for the defender personally, who hasn’t been able to show the form that earned him a move to England in the first place.

England fans will remember Mina terrorising their defence during the last World Cup.

The Colombian scored the goal that took their last-16 match to extra time and eventually penalties.

Mina picking up another injury is bad news for everyone involved.

Lampard will be hoping that the scan shows there’s no serious injury sustained by the centre-back.

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