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Report: Carlo Ancelotti sweating over £120k-a-week Everton player’s fitness ahead of derby

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Report: Carlo Ancelotti sweating over £120k-a-week Everton player’s fitness ahead of derby

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is sweating over Yerry Mina’s fitness ahead of the derby against Liverpool at Goodison Park this weekend, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The defender was called up to the Colombia squad alongside Toffees teammate James Rodriguez for their World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Chile this month.

However, Mina was missing from the line-up to face the latter on Wednesday after feeling some discomfort in his thigh.

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Colombia sent out a tweet before kickoff confirming that the 26-year-old had been left out as a precaution, so as to not aggravate a previous injury.

“Yerry Mina during the last training session, presented discomfort in her right thigh,” said the tweet, as translated by the Liverpool Echo.

“So he was removed from said practice and as a preventive measure he will not be in the game to avoid a relapse in his previous injury.”

 

The outlet now claims that, while Lucas Digne – who came off before the end of France’s win over Croatia – is hopeful of being passed fit for Saturday, Mina remains a doubt.

Mina has played in every Premier League match so far this season for Everton, helping the Goodison side to four wins en route to the top of the table.

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Mina would be a big loss for Everton, particularly with Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite still sidelined for the time being.

The likelihood is that the £120,000-a-week ace will be replaced by new signing Ben Godfrey for the Merseyside derby.

The former Norwich man was reportedly in line to play at right-back, but Seamus Coleman could be back by the weekend so he may be deployed at centre-back instead.

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