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Report: Everton welcome back Mason Holgate to first-team training

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Report: Everton welcome back Mason Holgate to first-team training

Mason Holgate is back in training, according to reports. The Everton defender has been out before the season started with a toe injury.

Mason Holgate is back in training, according to the Liverpool Echo. The 24-year-old has been out for the entire season so far after picking up a toe injury in the final pre-season warm-up game.

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That’s been nine games and seven weeks, then, without a player who played 32 times in the previous campaign. Holgate pushed on and became a regular feature of Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

Not that Ancelotti saw that coming, saying last season that “I did not know Mason before I came here and I was surprised by him”, per Evertonfc.com.

Ancelotti went on to say that Holgate “Is a complete defender. He is really young and wants to improve” before tipping him for a “fantastic career”.

 

Safe to say he’ll be happy to have him back, then.

Everton have started the season wonderfully well but are finding themselves a little short on numbers just at the moment. Richarlison will be suspended for two more games, Lucas Digne for one, while Seamus Coleman missed the last game with a hamstring injury.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin is also currently out, as is Cenk Tosun. Holgate’s return eases things for Ancelotti and Everton, especially in defence, as they hope to build on a promising Premier League start.

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