By Jonty Banks

25th Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Everton defender Yerry Mina set for at least three weeks on the sidelines - Injury Expert

Everton centre-back Yerry Mina could be out of action for at least three weeks after picking up a hamstring issue against Celtic, according to injury expert Ben Dinnery.

Frank Lampard’s side are currently languishing just a point above the relegation zone in the Premier League, and this will come as a blow to the Toffees boss, who has relied heavily on Mina in the heart of his defence.

The 39-cap Columbian international has had to undergo a scan on a hamstring injury he picked up in the second half of their Sydney Super Cup clash against Celtic and could now miss several weeks of pivotal training during the World Cup break. [Liverpool Echo]

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Dinnery said: “It’s a difficult one because, with any hamstring injury, we’re looking at two or three weeks at least. 

“Certainly, with Yerry Mina, it may be one that you’re just looking at and thinking is that going to stretch even beyond that?

“It’s just unfortunate that this is the latest setback and, undoubtedly, it will impact on the remainder of his season.”

Big blow

Mina has proved himself an invaluable piece of Lampard’s jigsaw over the past year when fit, but his rotten run of luck has seemingly continued with this hamstring issue.

Although the Australian tour was an overall success with a goalless draw against Celtic and a 5-1 thrashing of Western Sydney Wanderers pleasing Lampard – the blow to the Columbian leaves a slightly sour note on the tongue.

The 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer and won’t benefit from an extended run on the Goodison Park treatment table if he is to stay on past this season.

The centre-back is clearly a great defender when fully fit, proving himself a sizeable threat at both attacking and defensive set pieces, whilst constantly showing a sense of maturity and leadership that others have lacked.

With Everton not returning to action till Boxing Day against Wolves, Mina does fortunately have plenty of time to get himself fully fit if it is only a niggle.