Everton have landed a potential double injury boost ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burnley after Seamus Coleman and Yerry Mina returned to training.
That’s according to the Liverpool Echo, who note that the Toffees defenders both took part in Wednesday’s sessions as Carlo Ancelotti prepares his side for the Clarets’ visit to Goodison Park.
Ancelotti has been without Mina for Everton’s last four Premier League games after sustaining a calf injury in February’s home to defeat to Manchester City, while Coleman has missed the last three with a minor knock.
Mina was forced off 18 minutes into the 3-1 loss to Pep Guardiola’s title-elect Citizens and replaced by Coleman, who has not been included in a matchday squad since Everton’s historic 2-0 win at Anfield over Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
But Everton could welcome back both Mina and Coleman for Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Sean Dyche’s relegation-threatened Burnley, with a view to either featuring in next weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final showdown with Manchester City.
The Sky Blues were held to only two shots on target from five attempts during Mina’s time on the field last month, with the Colombian blocking one of three strikes, and would go on to test Jordan Pickford with five of their further 11 efforts, per WhoScored.
Coleman additionally won possession with each of his four tackles against Manchester City, eclipsing his average 1.7 from 1.9 attempts per game in the top-flight this term, and would later be praised for shutting down Andrew Robertson in the Merseyside derby.
“I loved the way Seamus Coleman sacrificed his game to just take Andy Robertson,” ex-Liverpool full-back Jim Beglin told Football Pass.
“I think Andy Robertson got one cross in which led to a header, and that was it during the game. It’s not easy to subdue somebody like him because he is just non-stop.”
Ancelotti potentially having both Mina and Coleman available for selection in Saturday’s clash with Burnley should leave Alex Iwobi nervous over his place in the Everton starting line-up.
The £23m-rated Nigeria international opened the action at Stamford Bridge as the Blues lost 2-0 to Chelsea on Monday night, but often cut an anonymous presence before being hauled off before the hour mark with his impact on proceedings rarely substantial.
It was Iwobi’s 14th start in 24 Premier League appearances this season but he would return the second-worst SofaScore match rating of any player who featured for either side at 6.2 out of 10, having misplaced his only cross of the game and failing to take a single shot.
Iwobi further lost four of his mere five ground duels and failed to emerge successful in two of three attempted dribbles, below the 24-year-old’s average 3.1 ground duels won (53%) and 65% dribble success rate per game in the top-flight this term.
Ancelotti could now look to replace the winger at home to Burnley with either Coleman or with Mina with Mason Holgate moving to right-back, having set Everton up in a 3-4-1-2 at Chelsea with Iwobi occupying a de facto wing-back role on the right of the Italian’s midfield line.
Moving Holgate out wide, over a recall for Coleman, could see Mina join Michael Keane or Ben Godfrey in the centre of either a two or three-man centre-back grouping.
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