Evertonians were left cursing their luck on Thursday evening when reports of a fresh injury setback for Yerry Mina emerged from the French press.
The report from French sports daily L’Equipe claimed the Colombia defender had suffered a microfracture of the fourth metatarsal on his left foot and would miss at least three weeks.
The news was a further blow for the 24-year-old, who has yet to feature for the Toffees since joining from Barcelona on transfer deadline day with a foot injury initially suffered at the World Cup.
However, the Liverpool Echo did some digging this morning and report that the setback is not as serious as first feared and the club considere it a minor problem. Mina will, however, miss Saturday’s game against Fulham at Goodison Park.
Whether it is serious enough to keep Mina out of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game against Southampton remains to be seen. The match against the Saints was seen as the ideal opportunity for the former Barcelona man to get minutes under his belt.
With just one league game after that before the international break, it seems unlikely that we will see Mina in a blue shirt before the game against Crystal Palace on October 21st.
As frustrating as that is, it’s important the medical team remain patient and treat his comeback with care. The return to fitness of Michael Keane means there is no urgent need to Mina to be rushed back.
I think most Evertonians would rather wait a little while longer to ensure that when Mina does return he is 100% fit and ready.