Everton have had several injury concerns over the Premier League season so far, although Frank Lampard has revealed a promising update on two players in his squad ahead of the clash against Manchester United this weekend.
The 44-year-old took to his pre-match press conference to deliver an update on Toffees defenders Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina, who will miss tomorrow night’s game but are close to a return.
Lampard told the media: “They’re training with us. Yerry joined us in the past couple of days, Mason came in today for part of training. They’re both working hard to get [back to full fitness].”
“This weekend comes too soon probably for both of them, definitely for Mason but we hope with a good week’s training next week they can be in contention from then on.”
It is very good news for Everton that multiple players are now coming back into training and could be in contention for upcoming fixtures as squad depth will be invaluable to the Toffees, something which must have caused Lampard many sleepless nights last season.
Everton endured a difficult relegation battle at the bottom of the Premier League table, and the fact that the club had the worst injury record of anyone in the top flight in 2021/22 was without a doubt a huge contributor to their struggles over the campaign.
Indeed, the Merseysiders signed James Tarkowski and Conor Coady, who have formed a solid centre-back partnership in the team since their arrivals this summer. That has contributed to Everton’s outstanding defensive record which is currently the best in the league, so it seems likely that neither Mina nor Holgate will be guaranteed a starting berth upon their returns to action.
However, squad depth in defence will be massively important to the Toffees, especially with a number of challenging fixtures ahead of them over the coming weeks amid a hectic schedule which sees them play five times in 21 days, a run which could test squad depth and players’ fitness to their limits.
Everton face Manchester United tomorrow night and then take on Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United over the next fortnight.
Having both Mina and Holgate available to at least come off the bench in the latter two games could be invaluable for Lampard as he works to improve the team’s performances in the top flight over the season ahead.