Yerry Mina will not be fit for Everton&#x27;s crucial visit to Watford on Wednesday night, according to Frank Lampard. Mina, 27, has been Everton’s most...
Yerry Mina will not be fit for Everton's crucial visit to Watford on Wednesday night, according to Frank Lampard.
Mina, 27, has been Everton’s most important defender this season, but has struggled for fitness throughout the campaign, only making 13 Premier League appearances this campaign.
Everton moved out of the relegation zone after their 2-1 win at Leicester on Sunday, and could move four points clear if they win at Vicarage Road, where Watford have lost their last 11 games.
Lampard confirmed that left-back Vitalii Mykolenko would be fit to play, three days after the Ukrainian international scored a spectacular volley at the King Power Stadium.
“Myko is good. Mykolenko was cramp in the calves so he’ll be good,” Lampard said. “Yerry’s not, he’s got a small injury in his calf, so he won’t be playing this game.”
The game comes too soon for both on-loan midfielder Donny van de Beek and Mina’s defensive partner Ben Godfrey, who have missed recent weeks with groin and thigh injuries respectively.
“Donny’s not ready, we’re hoping he’ll be ready for next week’s game, potentially the weekend, and with Ben, similar.
“Ben’s working with every ounce of sweat and bone in his body to be fit and take part in the run-in, and that’s the kind of attitude we need.”
Everton’s away win at Leicester was their first in the league since September, with the club now attempting to win three games in a row for the first time this season. Opponents Watford were relegated last weekend after losing at Crystal Palace.Mina to miss Everton's trip to Watford but Mykolenko will be fit - The Athletic View Story