By Nick Ware

2nd Dec, 2021 | 11:10am

Yerry Mina 'susceptible' to Everton sale as fitness concerns rumble on

Yerry Mina is “susceptible” to being sold by Everton as he continues to struggle with his fitness, according to The Athletic.

Mina, 27, was absent for Wednesday night’s (1 December) 4-1 Merseyside derby defeat at the hands of Liverpool, and the Goodison Park dismantling was the seventh game in a row that he has either missed or been rooted to the bench for.

The Colombia international is yet to make more than 29 Premier League appearances in a single campaign for the Blues since his 2018 move from Barcelona.

His attempts to recover from his current thigh injury have been a “cause for concern”, as per The Athletic’s report, with the defender travelling to Barcelona for specialist treatment in a bid to return to fitness.

However, it is claimed that his ongoing physical issues “leave him susceptible to a sale”.

On the hunt for a replacement?

Mina is one of few players who still retain a good relationship with Everton fans.

He is a popular figure for his infectious personality and he is widely regarded as Everton’s best centre-back.

But, how important are those when he his fitness record is so unreliable?

He was a big-money signing from Barcelona three years ago but made just 13 Premier League appearances in his first season on Merseyside.

That tally has improved over the last two seasons, but with Mina turning 28 next year and his contract having just 18 months remaining, is it time to cash in?

With the current options at Everton’s disposal, most supporters would probably be happy to run the risk of losing him for nothing in 2023.

There is little faith in the likes of Marcel Brands to adequately replace him, but with the club’s current financial woes, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them offload him soon.

In other Everton news, Jim White shared a Farhad Moshiri text on the future of Rafa Benitez after their 4-1 defeat to Liverpool.

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