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Everton have a new injury blow ahead of Watford clash

Central defender Yerry Mina will be out now

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Everton it seems just cannot catch a break on the injury front. Earlier this week we heard that Abdoulaye Doucoure was going to be out for about a couple of months with a stress fracture, and then the news emerged that Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence was going to be extended by at least 4-5 weeks as he suffered a setback in his recovery from a quadriceps injury.

During his pre-match press conference today ahead of the Watford visit tomorrow, manager Rafa Benitez dropped another piece of bad news saying that key central defender Yerry Mina was going to miss the game this weekend and possibly more with a hamstring ailment.

“Always I say that I don’t like to lie. Yerry Mina was playing three games, all ninety minutes, with the national team, coming back he had to follow the COVID rules.

“He felt his hamstring in a training session the other day so he will not be available. This is what we have now with so many trips around and all these rules the players now have to follow.”

The Colombian figurehead was a key part of the national team setup during the last international break, leading his side to three consecutive clean sheets. Mina was a late arrival back on Merseyside after playing last Thursday night, and was only on the bench for the loss against West Ham.

Everton have not lost too many games when Mina has been on the pitch, and this latest setback on the injury front will hurt the Blues attempts to get back into the top six, despite the potential return of Richarlison, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and even Cenk Tosun in the coming weeks.