Everton’s injury problems grow before Merseyside derby vs Liverpool

Everton vs Liverpool

Liverpool only need two more wins to be crowned Premier League champions.

In search of their first league title in 30-years, Liverpool still need to travel to Everton in the Merseyside derby.

It’s still unclear when this match will be staged, as the Premier League need to announce the fixture list for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. However, the Everton vs Liverpool match is likely to be played on June 20.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 19: Yerry Mina of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 19, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Yerry Mina joins Jean-Philippe Gbamin on the Everton treatment table

A few days ago, we reported on a fresh injury to Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

Gbamin has suffered an injury-blighted season at Goodison Park, however he had been on course to play again when the season restarted.

Those hopes have sadly been dashed, as Gbamin suffered an Achilles injury at training. He now faces another long spell on the sidelines, possibly up to nine months.

Colombian international defender Yerry Mina has now joined Gbamin on the Everton treatment table.

As confirmed by Times reporter Paul Joyce, “Yerry Mina is facing several weeks on the sidelines after suffering a partial tear of his left quad muscle on Friday.”

Mina looks certain to be unavailable for the Liverpool derby.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 04, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Will the Merseyside derby be staged at Goodison Park?


Following the last meeting of the 20 Premier League clubs to confirm the restart of the league on June 17, several matches, including Everton vs Liverpool, were highlighted as requiring a ‘neutral ground’.

However, both Everton and Liverpool have actively tried to convince the authorities that the match can pass off safely at Goodison Park.

On the timeline for a final decision on the venue issue, the Times report:

Everton remain hopeful of staging the derby at Goodison Park rather than at a neutral venue.

Club officials have asked for Liverpool city council’s safety advisory group (SAG) to convene, with a meeting likely to be scheduled at the start of next week.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 23: Sadio Mane of Liverpool sits injured on the floor during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on January 23, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Sadio Mane scores for Liverpool

In preparation to resume football behind closed doors, Jurgen Klopp staged an 11 vs 11 match at an empty Anfield Stadium this week.

The match finished 1-1, while Liverpool have released footage of Sadio Mane’s goal in the game.

Further Liverpool training goals from this week can be seen here: