By Ben Dinnery

23rd Mar, 2022 | 12:00pm

Everton news: Medical expert issues Yerry Mina injury update - 'how do you manage this player?'

Yerry Mina could return to Everton training in “mid-April” but it is unclear when exactly he might return to play.

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 season punctuated by injuries and is currently sidelined with a quadriceps problem.

The defender does not need surgery, but Frank Lampard told the Liverpool Echo last Wednesday (16 March) that he is still “a few weeks away at best”.

Dinnery emphasised the Colombian’s importance to the Toffees and suggested when he might step up his recovery from his thigh issue.

“Mina’s place in that Everton team cannot be understated,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

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“All of the data shows that when he plays, they get more points. The issue is trying to keep him fit.

“He’s had only eight premier league starts this season, only two this year, and only four since September.

“This latest setback came after return from another injury. So you ask, how do you manage this player?

“There are factors that will influence when he returns to play, such as the availability of Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane.

“Also, where Everton are in the table in two or three games time. If they get a couple of wins, that can change the complexion.

“Light work for Yerry Mina won’t be far away, maybe mid to late-April. But other factors come into consideration when deciding when he can play again.

Mina’s 11 appearances in all competitions in 2021-22 have yielded one goal.

The Toffees, who are just three points above the relegation zone, are next in action at West Ham after the international break next Sunday (19 March).

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