Everton Boss Provides Team News Update Ahead Of Leicester Test

Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Yerry Mina is fully fit and available for selection as Everton aim to sustain their positive return to Premier League action against Leicester City on Wednesday evening (6pm).

The Colombian defender has missed both Everton’s games since the resumption of top-flight football – a goalless Merseyside derby draw and a 1-0 win at Norwich City – with a muscle injury but is in contention to make his comeback in the Goodison Park clash with the Foxes.

Djibril Sidibe is expected to be back in training on Friday having been sidelined with a foot injury.

Theo Walcott, meanwhile, is set to return to training at the beginning of next week after recovering from abdominal surgery.

The Everton manager said Fabian Delph, who has been out with a muscle problem, is undertaking individual sessions at USM Finch Farm but is unsure when the midfielder will be ready for first-team action. 

Speaking at his pre-match press conference via video link on Tuesday afternoon, Ancelotti confirmed: “Only Yerry Mina is back [for the Leicester game].

"Fabian Delph is still injured. He is doing individual treatment and training. I don’t know exactly when he will recover fully.

"Djibril Sidibe will be back in training on Friday and Theo on Monday.

"It will be very important to have those players available.

“We are beginning a period where we will have a lot of games so it will be important to have a strong squad available.”

Ancelotti added the Club are still waiting on a decision from Leighton Baines after the long-serving left-back was offered a one-year contract extension.

The Italian boss reiterated how eager he is for the 35-year-old to remain at Everton, highlighting Baines' quality and professionalism as well as the example he sets the Blues' young talents.

Baines has made 346 top-flight appearances for Everton - a total bettered by only Tim Howard (354) and Leon Osman (352) during the Premier League era.

"Leighton is an important part of the squad but, above all, of this Club," said Ancelotti.

"He has extended his deal until the end of this season and I hope he will sign a new contract.

"For the young players who play for Everton [he is very important]. We have a lot of respect for him as a player, as a professional and as a man."

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