Carlo Ancelotti says Yerry Mina is a doubt for Saturday’s match at West Ham United after sustaining a knock in training, while Alex Iwobi will not be available but is set to return to full training next week.
The Italian added Andre Gomes’ return to USM Finch Farm this week is “really important” as he steps up his rehabilitation from ankle surgery, and also provided an update on Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s fitness.
Everton take on West Ham on Saturday aiming to achieve a fourth win in five Premier League matches since Ancelotti’s appointment.
The Blues beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 last time out and Ancelotti revealed how Mina is Everton’s only new injury concern since that contest.
“We have a little problem with Yerry Mina this week, he was not able to train,” he told evertontv.
“We have to see in the next few days if he will be available against West Ham.
“Alex Iwobi will not be ready for the match. I think next week he will be able to train with us.”
Gomes was back on Merseyside this week after a spell recovering in his native Portugal.
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ANCELOTTI ON EVERTONIANS' 'CARLO FANTASTICO' CHANT
Ancelotti said the 26-year-old’s return to Everton’s training complex is a significant boost.
"It is really important for us to have him back,” said the Blues manager. “It takes time to recover completely but the fact he feels good in this moment and has no pain, he’s started to work individually, is important for us.
“As soon as possible we need this kind of player, with his kind of characteristics.
“Everyone knows how important he is for the team.”
Gomes’ fellow midfielder Gbamin has been sidelined since August after suffering a quadriceps injury. The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international has also undergone surgery and Ancelotti says he is making good progress in his recovery.
“He is doing individual sessions, he is starting to train,” Ancelotti said.
“We have to take care of him because the injury was not so easy to recover.
“We have to be patient with him. He is doing individual sessions and this is important.
“I hope that soon he can train with the team.
“We are looking day by day, how he is improving.
“He is improving fast, but the problem was a big problem, so we have to be careful with him.”