Everton’s boss provides fitness update on €30m man ahead of Spurs visit

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Everton are set to make a late decision on the fitness of defender Yerry Mina ahead of the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday,

Mina, who moved to Merseyside from Barcelona for an initial fee of €30.25 million suffered a minor knee injury in the closing stages of the match against West Ham United a fortnight ago and missed the defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.

The 25-year-old Colombian international was forced off the pitch Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win against Watford after feeling pain in his knee.

While the injury is not being considered as serious by the Toffees, Mina trained with the rest of the first team at Finch Farm this morning and will undergo another assessment tomorrow before a decision is made.

“He [Mina] worked with the team this morning,” Everton boss Marco Silva said at his pre-match press conference (Everton official).

“Like I said after the [Watford] match, it is nothing serious what he has with his knee.

“We did the normal exams and we did them again after the match on Tuesday and it’s nothing serious. It’s just a matter of him having the conditions to [manage] the pain he has in this moment.

“If he can do that, he can train, and possibly he can play as well. Today he did all the session so let’s see how he is tomorrow and after we’ll take the decisions.”

Tottenham have injury issues of their own with Erik Lamela ruled out with a hamstring injury while Jan Vertonghen is considered as a doubt with a similar muscular problem.

Hugo Lloris is a long-term absentee, while Danny Rose serves a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Anfield.

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