Everton's trip down under blighted by injury issues

Everton hit by injury crisis during mid-season tour of Australia… with Tom Davies forced to fly home for treatment and Yerry Mina suffering with a hamstring issue as Frank Lampard’s side defeat Celtic in a friendly in Sydney

  • Everton’s first trip to Australia in twelve years has been blighted by injuries
  • Tom Davies has flown home to undergo treatment on an issue with his knee
  • Yerry Mina was forced off with a hamstring problem in friendly against Celtic
  • Fellow first-team member Abdoulaye Doucoure was also replaced after a knock

Everton’s first trip to Australia in 12 years has already come at a cost with midfielder Tom Davies flying home for treatment on a knee problem and defender Yerry Mina sustaining another injury.

Davies was already on a flight back to Merseyside, having been injured in training, before the Toffees won the Sydney Super Cup with a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over Celtic after a goalless draw at the Accor Stadium.

However, in the game Mina – who has played just twice this campaign and only made his comeback from a season-long ankle injury in this month’s Carabao Cup exit to Bournemouth – came off at half-time with a hamstring problem which will require a scan to determine the severity.

Tom Davies has flown home from Everton’s trip to Australia due to a problem with his knee

Midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, one of 15 players considered part of the first-team set-up in the 22-man squad, was also replaced at the interval with a knock.

Manager Frank Lampard said in his post-match interview: “Yerry felt his hamstring a little bit, so we’re going to have to scan that one.

“Doucs (Doucoure) had a bang just above the knee, but we’re hopeful he may be OK for Wednesday (against Western Sydney Wanderers).”

Yerry Mina is set to undergo a scan to determine the severity of the hamstring issue that forced him off against Celtic

Abdoulaye Doucoure was also replaced during the interval as Everton defeated the SPL champions

On Davies an Everton statement said: “Midfielder Tom Davies has sustained a knee injury during a training session in Sydney and will leave Everton’s tour of Australia to be assessed in the UK.

“The midfielder will undergo a scan to discover the full extent of the injury before being treated by club medical staff at Finch Farm.”

Everton play their final game in Australia against Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday at the CommBank Stadium in Parramatta.

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