Mina fit for Leicester clash, Walcott nearing return, says Ancelotti

Yerry Mina has missed both of Everton's games since the 2019-20 Premier League season's restart after sustaining a muscle injury in training.

Carlo Ancelotti

Yerry Mina will be available for the PL match against Leicester on Wednesday, while Theo Walcott and Djibril Sidibe are close to making their returns, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti said.   -  Reuters

Everton defender Yerry Mina will be available for the team's Premier League game against Leicester City on Wednesday, while Theo Walcott and Djibril Sidibe are close to making their returns, manager Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.

Colombian centre-back Mina, 25, has missed both of Everton's games since the Premier League's restart after sustaining a muscle injury in training.

Walcott, who has made 21 league appearances this season, underwent abdominal surgery in June, while Sidibe, 27, has been sidelined by a foot injury.

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“Mina is back. Fabian Delph is still injured. He is doing individual treatment and training. I dont know exactly when he will recover fully,” Ancelotti told reporters in a news conference ahead of Wednesday's game.

“Sidibe will be back in training on Friday and Theo on Monday. It will be very important to have those players available. We have a lot of games so it will be important to have a strong squad available.”

Left-back Leighton Baines has agreed a short-term extension until the end of the season and Ancelotti, whose Everton side is 12th in the standings with 41 points, hopes the defender commits his future to the club for at least another year.

“I hope he will sign. Leighton is an important part of this squad. We have a lot of respect for him as a player, as a professional and as a man,” the 61-year-old added.

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