Everton made it through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last night after beating Boreham Wood 2-0 at Goodison Park thanks to a brace from Salomon Rondon.
The Toffees were hit with a potential blow in the match after left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko, who captained the Merseyside club on the night, was forced off in the second half with a suspected injury issue.
Now that the dust has settled, though, it seems that the Everton fans can breathe a sigh of relief on the matter.
After the match, journalist Patrick Boyland relayed comments from Frank Lampard, who revealed that the Ukraine international suffered a dead leg, which is why he had to come off after 60 minutes as Seamus Coleman replaced him.
The 22-year-old recorded one key pass and one shot on target before coming off, also winning four duels and making two tackles and two interceptions as he ultimately earned himself a solid overall match rating of 7.2/10 from SofaScore. Therefore, it’s safe to say that the Toffees boss and the club’s fans will be happy to hear that Mykolenko’s knock was not a serious one.
With the Merseyside club set to take on Tottenham on Monday night in their next attempt at moving away from the Premier League relegation zone, Mykolenko could be a vital figure for his team if he’s fit enough to play and can be a strong defensive figure while also offering a threat going forward.
However, having spent their two previous league games as an unused substitute, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Lampard decides to start the 22-year-old against Antonio Conte’s side.
Either way, it’s still a relief to hear that it was just a dead leg which forced him off against Boreham Wood rather than something which could have kept him sidelined for a significant period of time. With Everton fighting to stay in the top division, their manager will need as many options available to him as possible to help avoid the dreaded drop.