By Nick Ware

3rd Dec, 2021 | 2:10pm

Rafa Benitez confirms Yerry Mina assessment ahead of Everton clash v Arsenal

Everton defender Yerry Mina could make his return from injury in Monday night’s (6 December) clash with Arsenal at Goodison Park.

Mina, 27, has not played for Everton for over two months, since a 1-1 draw at Manchester United (2 October).

The Colombian centre-back has been sidelined with a muscle complaint and the Blues have been drowning in his absence, losing six of seven games without him in the side, drawing the other one.

He was also linked with a loan move to AC Milan yesterday (AS, 2 December), but Benitez has offered some positive news over him ahead of Monday.

Benitez said, as shared on the official Everton Twitter account: “Yerry Mina has done today part of the training session so he’s getting closer. We’ll see how he reacts in the next couple of days.”

Vital

Mina has been Everton’s best central defender by a considerable distance this season.

Ben Godfrey’s season started late due to COVID and the regular trio of Michael Keane, Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne have produced some really abject displays.

Mina’s consistency has been questioned since his move from Barcelona in 2018, with the Colombian guilty of a sketchy injury record, but he was instrumental for the Blues at the start of the season as Rafa Benitez enjoyed a great start to his Goodison reign.

Results have nosedived over the last two months, however, leaving reports to suggest that Benitez is on the brink of losing his job.

Farhad Moshiri was quick to pledge his support to the Spaniard on Thursday (2 December), but the Blues need to break their winless run, which currently stands at eight games, sooner rather than later.

Whether Benitez can risk starting Mina after such a long time out remains to be seen, however.

It may be that he begins on the bench and comes on as a late substitute to see out the game if Everton are beating the Gunners.

But it’s certainly a positive update amid a series of negative news over the last few days.

In other Everton news, Ally McCoist was left in hysterics as Neil Warnock slams this Blues man live on-air.

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