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Everton handed Vitaliy Mykolenko injury boost

After securing a convincing 3-0 win over Leeds United at Goodison Park in their previous Premier League outing, Frank Lampard’s Everton are back in action again this weekend with an away clash against Southampton in their latest attempt to move away from the relegation zone.

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Looking ahead to the match at St. Mary’s, it seems as though the Merseyside club have been handed a fresh injury boost that could give Lampard another option to pick in his squad to take on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

What’s the latest?

According to a recent Twitter post from Everton journalist Patrick Boyland, Toffees left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko has returned to training after missing the club’s three previous league games.

The defender joined Everton during the recent January transfer window from Dynamo Kyiv on a four-and-a-half-year deal until the end of June 2026 after Lucas Digne fell out with former Toffees manager Rafa Benitez before he made the move to Aston Villa.

Since then, the Ukraine international, who is currently valued at £15.3m according to Transfermarkt, has made just three appearances for the Toffees, two in the FA Cup and one in the Premier League.

Lampard will be thrilled

Since Lampard was appointed at Goodison Park, the 22-year-old has only made one appearance under the former Chelsea boss which came during their 4-1 win over Brentford in the FA Cup in what was the 43-year-old’s first game in charge of Everton.

With the fact that Lampard picked Mykolenko to start his first game as Everton manager shows that he sees the winter arrival as an important option for his team and would therefore be thrilled to have him back in the frame to take on Southampton at the weekend.

Moving forward, if the former Kyiv defender is fit enough to play at the weekend, Lampard could have a tough decision on his hands whether to start him or keep Jonjoe Kenny in the side after he delivered a decent display in the win against Leeds.

Who would you rather see start at left-back against Southampton?

Jonjoe Kenny

Jonjoe Kenny

Vitaliy Mykolenko

Vitaliy Mykolenko

Either way, Lampard and the Everton fans will surely be pleased to have Mykolenko back in training and hopefully see him end his debut season at Goodison Park on a strong note.

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