Mina and Richarlison head list of players returning from injury

Wednesday, 12 January, 2022 21comments  |  Jump to last

The injury situation at Everton could see a massive improvement in time for this weekend's game against Norwich City as a number of first-team players returned to training.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Yerry Mina, Fabian Delph, Jarrad Branthwaite and all took part in training sessions at Finch Farm today which could mean Rafael Benitez will have close to a full squad from which to choose ahead of the trip to Carrow Road. Tom Davies, who successfullyunderwent surgery on a hamstring tendon problem yesterday, was the only senior absentee.

Calvert-Lewin has already returned to action this year, playing the full match against Brighton on 2nd January, having been sidelined for more than four months with a serious quadircep injury but he was rested for the FA Cup win at Hull last weekend after feeling tightness in his thigh.

Richarlison, meanwhile has been out since the defeat against Crystal Palace last month wit a torn calf muscle and Mina's on-off absence has been a long-term source of frustration, with his latest set-back coming in the win over Arsenal.  

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Brendan Fox
1 Posted 12/01/2022 at 18:29:51
Let's hope there are no more long injury layoffs for any of them and a few can make the starting line-up for Saturday's 6 pointer vs Norwich.
Mal van Schaick
2 Posted 12/01/2022 at 18:35:21
All good news. Now Delph is fit – sell him!
Paul Kernot
3 Posted 12/01/2022 at 19:56:05
I read on the El Ghazi post that his signing hopefully means we won't have to watch Iwobi ever again. If Dom and Richie are now back and fit, it may even mean the same for Rondon. What a pleasant start to the day.
Peter Hopkins
4 Posted 12/01/2022 at 20:10:44
When everyone is fit it’s not a bad squad is it, and when everyone is fit if the results don’t change then what excuse will Benitez have?
Stu Darlington
5 Posted 12/01/2022 at 20:26:20
Very true Peter,but I don’t expect the returning players will all hit the ground running.
Benitez maintains players are responding well on the training ground but not delivering on match day.
If this continues we can only draw one conclusion!
Derek Knox
6 Posted 12/01/2022 at 21:03:52
I'll believe they are back when I see them mid-way through the second half, and still on the pitch. Remember they have to negotiate the ever revolving Treatment Room Door between now and then! :-)
Brian Hennessy
7 Posted 12/01/2022 at 21:41:29
Great that it looks like Mina will be fit in time for the next big game for him, Colombia V Peru on January 28th.
Sam Bowen
8 Posted 13/01/2022 at 09:13:45
Zero excuses from here on in if they remain fit. A front 3 of Richarlison, Gray and DCL is as good as anything outside the top few teams.
Time to swallow your pride Rafa and get the formation sorted. Play three in midfield, Doucouré, Gomes and Allan and ditch the horrible five at the back. Hopefully having Mina back might give him a little bit more trust to do it but he’s such a stubborn sod, I can’t see it happening.
Jimmy Salt
9 Posted 13/01/2022 at 15:58:18
I know hes hit and miss, and injured a lot, but I think we really miss Mina.
Ajay Gopal
10 Posted 13/01/2022 at 16:20:53
If Mina is fit and stays fit (and that is a big IF), he and Keane and Jarred may make a good back 3. With Allan and Doucoure the midfield duo and Mykolenko and Patterson as the wing backs, DCL, Gray and Richarlison as the front 3, we can compete very well. Gordon, El Ghazi, Townsend to turn things around if needed.
Jay Harris
11 Posted 13/01/2022 at 16:38:44
Here is my preferred lineup subject to Patterson, Myolenko performing to expected standards"


Patterson MIna Brandthwaite Myolenko

Allan Doucoure Gordon

Gray DCL Richarlison

Andrew Keatley
12 Posted 14/01/2022 at 01:32:49
Jay (11) - The problem with your back 4 is that 2 of them have never played a Premier League game before, and the other 2 are both returning from illness and injury; the only circumstances under which Benitez will play that back 4 is if Keane, Holgate, Coleman, Godfrey and Kenny are all unavailable.

Anything less than a win is going to heap pressure on Benitez, so he won’t want to take huge risks with his defensive line-up. Keane will surely play, Coleman too, and probably Godfrey. I’d also be surprised to see Richarlison and DCL both start the game. I’ll be expecting a starting front 3 of DCL, Gray and Gordon, with Richarlison ready to be introduced second half as and when goals are required.

Hopefully he’ll be able to just watch the entire game from the bench.

Justin Doone
13 Posted 14/01/2022 at 12:42:04
I have to agree, I can’t see both new full back's starting.

I'd happily play Townsend in a midfield 3 with Allan and Doucoure or Gomes.

Left wing is a tough call but on current form start Gray who is better attacking. I noticed him holding his hammy late on in the cup game, so only play if fully fit.

Richarlison offers more defensively or as striker and probably starts as a sub.

DCL only if fully fit, Ric if not, (who needs to be less selfish, I'm injured but I'm going to sulk anyway). Gordon on the right.

The more game time Gordon has the fitter and stronger he is. He just needs to be careful with some of his silly late challenges.

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 14/01/2022 at 13:16:57
Say what you want about Benitez, the man is having no luck at all with injuries, Allan is out tomorrow with the virus so a weak central midfield is now very weak.
Barry Hesketh
15 Posted 14/01/2022 at 13:22:18
Dave @14
Perhaps the rumours of Allan being allowed to leave are true? However, despite his lack of pace, he was instrumental in Everton getting a result last week in the cup and he will be missed tomorrow.
Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 14/01/2022 at 13:49:34
Barry (15), Possibly Barry but it seemed he was earmarked to play tomorrow and the news of him having the virus was only learned of this morning.
Andrew Ellams
17 Posted 14/01/2022 at 14:51:25
Jay @ 11. There is no way on earth Benitez is playing Patterson, Myolenko and Branthwaite in the same back 4.
Robert Tressell
18 Posted 14/01/2022 at 14:56:31
Would have thought Keane and Coleman will start unless I've missed something and theyre ill or injured.

Gordon, Gray and Richarlison up top to help ease DCL back.

Midfield of Allan, Doucoure and Townsend then, perhaps.

Patterson likely to be eased in. Wouldn't be surprised if Godfrey starts at LB ahead of Mykolenko.

Julian Wait
19 Posted 14/01/2022 at 14:58:59
Andrew @ 17 - I fully agree as with Allan out, I'd put money on a back 5 (!). with Coleman starting to be replaced by Patterson after 70-80 mins, Mykolenko starting, and Keane and Godfrey 2 of the 3 others. We might see Mina start with a view to bringing Holgate on / changing formation to a 4 later in the game (which would influence the Patterson decision as well). I think it depends "how fit" these returning players really are in the middle.
Christopher Timmins
20 Posted 14/01/2022 at 15:00:25
Difficult to see all the kids playing at the back or all the guys who were injured since December or earlier coming back in. Gomes to play instead of Allan after that it's difficult to call the other possible changes from last week ends game at Hull.
Rob Halligan
21 Posted 14/01/2022 at 15:23:24
Can’t see anywhere saying Allan is out with covid. Benitez said that one player is out with the virus, but doesn’t mention who? (I haven’t actually watched his presser). Watched the training video on the official website this morning which I assume was filmed yesterday, and Allan was involved. Everyone else looked well up for it, especially DCL, Richarlison and Mina. Jeez, we need a bit of luck sooner or later……….


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