What does Mina's absence mean for Ancelotti's derby plans?
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What does Mina's absence mean for Ancelotti's derby plans?


Carlo Ancelotti had mixed injury news for Everton fans after last night’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.

As per the club’s official website, he feels Allan and Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be back for the weekend’s Merseyside derby.

More than that, they could even start but there was not such a good prognosis about Yerry Mina.

He limped off in the first half and Ancelotti ruled him out of a return against Liverpool.

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That’s obviously a blow for Everton but how specifically does it impact Ancelotti’s potential plans?

Taking the template from last night, there’s a fairly simple solution if Calvert-Lewin is back fit.

The Englishman can come in up front, allowing Ancelotti to return Richarlison to the left wing after he led the line last night.

Lucas Digne was fielded on the left of midfield, but would expect to slot in at left-back, with Ben Godfrey shuffling inside to deputise for Mina.

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If Ancelotti wants to play five at the back, he could shunt Holgate inside too and bring Seamus Coleman in from the off.

Mina’s attacking threat from set pieces will be sorely missed against a Liverpool side operating with a makeshift backline lacking in height right now.

Everton have a real chance to win at Anfield for the first time since 1999 on Saturday and they’ve still got enough to get the job done without Mina in the ranks.

But it would be a real boost if Calvert-Lewin and Allan were back – or Ancelotti will need to get creative.

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