Medical expert: Everton may be forced into Yerry Mina 'gamble' amid injury latest - 'I'm certain'
Frank Lampard will not hesitate to throw Yerry Mina in if Everton need a point to stay up on the final day of the season at Arsenal.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Mina, 27, has endured a stop-start season and is currently out of action with a hamstring injury.
He suffered the setback in the 2-1 win over Leicester City last Sunday (8 May), which was only his third match back after returning from a quadriceps injury that saw him sidelined for over two months.
As quoted by the Liverpool Echo on Tuesday (10 May), Lampard revealed that the Colombian centre-back could be in contention for the season closer at Arsenal next Sunday (22 May).
Dinnery claims that it would be a “gamble” worth taking if the Toffees are still in a fight for survival by that stage.
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“Realistically, we are probably looking at the last game of the season,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“He has had a heavily disrupted campaign with numerous muscular injuries and setbacks. If Everton get a few points on the board and are safe, I wouldn’t expect him to play again this season.
“I wouldn’t see any point in taking the risk. However, if they need to go to Arsenal and get a point, I’m certain he would come into that team because he’s such a presence.
“That is the gamble they have to weigh up, but I certainly wouldn’t expect to see him back any earlier than that.”
Mina has scored once in just 14 appearances this season.
Everton are two points outside the relegation zone after the 0-0 draw with Watford on Wednesday (11 March).
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