By Dr Rajpal Brar

24th May, 2023 | 8:10am

We’re delighted to welcome injury expert Dr Rajpal Brar as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the injury situation at Everton...

Everton defender Vitalii Mykolenko appears to be ruled out with a muscular injury and he is a doubt v Bournemouth, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert believes that as there’s no clarity on the nature or seriousness of the abrasion, it’s hard to call whether or not he’ll be fit.

Sean Dyche said that he wasn’t in training ahead of the Wolves game at the weekend so it remains to be seen if he’s fit enough to play Bournemouth on 28 May.

Speaking exclusively with Goodison News, Brar, a specialist in Physical Therapy and Sports Scientist, said, “The information I’ve seen is that he has a thigh injury.

“This sounds muscular but that could be a plethora of specific injuries, hamstring, quad, hip flexor, etc) so it’s hard to give a best or worst-case scenario but he may miss out or may even be back.

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It will be interesting to see if he’s fit, whether or not the Ukrainian will be back into the playing eleven.

Match sharpness is extremely important and the fact that he’s not trained with the first team will mean that he’s not even played for the reserves.

While he may have missed two weeks, it’s important to get some minutes under your belt before playing in a game akin to a cup final.