Yerry Mina was one of Everton’s exciting additions in the summer transfer window.
The Barcelona defender was linked with a move to Manchester United, but Marco Silva was able to convince the 24-year-old to move to Goodison Park.
The excitement has waned slightly due to the fact that he has been sidelined with injury problems.
Mina was working on his rehabilitation when he arrived at the Merseyside outfit, but after joining in with his new teammates in training at the start of September, he suffered another setback.
There were fears that the Colombia international would be out of action for a lengthy spell.
However, it turned out that he only had bruising on his foot as a result of a training-ground clash.
On Friday, Everton’s official website confirmed that Mina is now working on the grass at Finch Farm ahead of his return to full fitness.
It remains to be seen when the defender will be welcomed into the team, but when he is fit and ready, Silva will have options to work with.
So far this season, the Portuguese coach has been selecting a back four, with Michael Keane, Kurt Zouma, Mason Holgate and Phil Jagielka vying for a place in the centre-back pairing.
At the moment, Keane and Zouma top the pecking order, but when Mina regains fitness he could oust one of them, or Silva could revert to a back three with the full-backs pushing further forward.
It is unclear what option the manager will select, but the fans will be keen to see Mina run out in an Everton shirt for the first time.