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Everton dealt major fitness boost ahead of clash with Liverpool

Everton have been dealt a major selection boost ahead of the Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool after Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that defender Yerry Mina was available for selection, claim The ECHO.

Mina, 26, missed Columbia’s World Cup qualifier against Chile in the early hours of Wednesday morning, UK time, after feeling some discomfort in his thigh.

The Columbia national team tweeted before kick-off that the defender had been left out as a precaution, in order to prevent aggravating a previous injury.

The tweet read: “Yerry Mina during the last training session, presented discomfort in his right thigh.

“So he was removed from said practice and as a preventive measure he will not be in the game to avoid a relapse in his previous injury.”

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The former Barcelona defender has played in all four of Everton’s Premier League victories so far this season which currently sees Ancelotti’s team top of the league table.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 04: Naby Keita of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park on October 4, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, for Liverpool, Naby Keita represents the club’s only major fitness setback after the Guinean international was confirmed unavailable for the clash at Goodison Park this afternoon. However, the Reds have no other fresh injury concerns to contend with following the international break.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Alisson Becker is making positive progress in his rehabilitation according to Jurgen Klopp, while Thiago Alcantara, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip all returned to training at Melwood earlier this week and could all feature.

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