Everton Injury News: Key defender returns to the squad as Yerry Mina setback revealed

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After two back-to-back defeats, Everton now travels to high flying Newcastle, in a bid to return to winning ways. Eddie Howe’s men sit sixth in the table with 15 points. The Toffees are 14th with 10 points next to their name in the Premier League table.

On the injury front, Everton have multiple players recovering and are on schedule for a return later on. Ahead of the Tottenham game, Lampard revealed that Nathan Patterson is recovering and is two to three weeks away from a return. Meanwhile, Ben Godfrey is a bit behind the schedule and should be fit after the FIFA World Cup break.

Patterson’s presence on the right has been quintessential to Everton. The Toffees suffered heavily from the right side against Spurs because it proved to be extremely difficult for captain Seamus Coleman to keep up with Ivan Perisic and Heung-Min Son.

On the other hand, Yerry Mina suffered another injury set back which has delayed his return. in fact, the 28 year old is seeing an orthopedic therapist from Colombia to ease his return. The towering centre back remains ruled out but it isn’t an issue for Frank Lampard as he continues to prefer the rock solid combination of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski.

Everton Injury News vs Newcastle United

Ahead of the Newcastle United game, Lampard addressed the media and gave an injury update on the likes of Mason Holgate, Godfrey, and others.

"“Yerry had a small issue in his rehab last week. Mason is in the squad. Ben Godfrey is back on the training pitch, early stages.” (via club’s YouTube Channel)"

The return of Holagte will definitely give some boost to the defence as the Englishman is capable of playing as a right back too and if needed can come in place of Coleman. Holgate has shown signs of progression when playing in a back three with experienced personnel by his side. If Lampard decides to stick with a five at the back formation, Holgate could be Everton’s third centre back option.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin had picked up an injury prior to the first Premier League game and has only returned to the squad recently. In the last two games, Calvert-Lewin has had cameo performances as it seems clear from Lampard’s selection that the Englishman is not yet completely match fit to commit 90 minutes every game.

"“We’ve got to be careful with Dominic coming back, making sure we gradually bring him in but as quickly as possible, so it’s a fine balance. He’s certainly getting to the stage, hopefully, we can get more minutes out of him.”"

Anthony Gordon will also be available for selection after serving his one match suspension due to the accumulation of yellow cards. This leaves Andros Townsend, Patterson, Mina and Godfrey out as absentees from the game.

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