Everton have been plagued with injuries over the first half of their season, but it looks like they could be out the other side of it as it has been revealed that two important players will be available to feature against Norwich as the Toffees travel to Carrow Road this afternoon in search of their first Premier League win of 2022.
Both Richarlison and Yerry Mina were spotted back in training earlier this week, and Rafael Benitez took to his pre-match press conference on Friday to confirm the availability of both players and to give an insight to Tom Davies’ injury.
He outlined: “I think all were training yesterday. Not available for injuries is Tom Davies, who has had his [hamstring] operation.
“In terms of injuries, everyone was training yesterday. Now we have to treat them carefully.
“At the moment, they are fine then it’s up to us to can be who’s available for this game and the next game.”
The comebacks of regular starters such as Dominic Calvert Lewin, who returned to action at the beginning of the month, will surely leave Benitez buzzing. The quelling of the injury crisis could not have come at a better time for Everton as they look to widen the gap between themselves and the relegation zone, with just eight points separating them from the dreaded bottom three.
Not only will most of the squad be fit for the clash with the Canaries, the three signings made over the last fortnight will also be available to start this afternoon, with Anwar El Ghazi, Nathan Patterson, Vitaliy Mykolenko all ready to get stuck into playing for the Toffees.
Everton have a horrendous record on the road this season, with just one league win away from Goodison Park this season, although Norwich have managed just one top-flight victory in front of their own fans and are currently on a run of six defeats without even scoring.
Also, the returns of Richarlison and Mina could offer a significant boost to Benitez. The pair netted 16 goals between them last season, with the Brazilian being their second-highest scorer on 13 and the Colombian instrumental to their passing game with a success rate of 90.1%.
Therefore, to have them back training and available for today’s trip to Norfolk could leave Everton’s under-fire manager buzzing on the journey east.