Everton manager Marco Silva has confirmed that the club will be without the advances of Yerry Mina and Phil Jagielka for the weekend’s Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The central defensive duo missed the previous game at Huddersfield Town through injury and it has been revealed that they will continue to remain on the sidelines.
Speaking in a press conference, the Portuguese tactician acknowledged that the pairing would continue to remain in the treatment room for the weekend while Idrissa Gueye (groin) and Leighton Baines (rib) are likely to undergo late fitness tests to determine their inclusion in the matchday squad.
Baines had started the previous match against Huddersfield but he was hauled off shortly after the break following a rib injury. Due to this, Lucas Digne, who has been the regular at left back came onto the field but his stay was shortlived after receiving a straight card within 10 minutes of him being on the pitch.
As such, Silva has a selection headache on his hands for the weekend and it will be interesting to see who could feature in the left-back spot, should Baines be deemed unfit to start the game. Elsewhere, Gueye remains another potential concern but the Toffees have the midfield position covered with Tom Davies putting in a shift during the Senegalese’s absence against the Terriers.
Everton are currently eighth on the table with 33 points and they have the opportunity to leapfrog Wolves ahead of them, who hold a two-point advantage. Up to now, only the first six places assure teams of European football but the seventh position could become of importance for the same, should one of the top six sides secure the FA Cup crown this term.