Everton news: Medical expert names exact Yerry Mina return date amid 'massive gamble' claim
Yerry Mina will likely make his Everton comeback against Leicester City on 20th April – any sooner would be a “massive gamble”.
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 been sidelined with a quadriceps injury since early February.
The Colombian’s season has been blighted by muscular issues, and Everton have picked up just two league wins when he has been out of the team.
As quoted by the Liverpool Echo last Friday, Frank Lampard revealed that the centre-back would be “back with us within the next couple of weeks.”
Dinnery predicts that the Toffees’ next game, against Man United on Saturday (9 April), will come too soon for Mina.
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But the former Barcelona man will be confident he can come back into the side when they host Leicester 11 days later, claims the medical guru.
“You’re in a very time-crunched environment, particularly when you’re a key player,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“We know the impact that Yerry Mina has on that Everton team.
“When you’re looking at recent performances and how close they are to the relegation zone, Lampard will want him back.
“But you want him back not just for one game but for the remaining fixtures.
“I wouldn’t expect him to be back for the United game, but the Leicester game should give him plenty of opportunities to build that fitness.
“That’s the game they’ll be looking to target.
“To throw him in before that would be a massive gamble, especially given that he has a bit of chequered past with regards to muscle injuries.“
Mina has scored once in just 11 appearances this term.
Everton are now only one point outside the relegation zone after last night’s (6 April) 3-2 defeat at Burnley.