August 17, 2018 / 3:26 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer: Everton's Mina to miss Southampton clash with foot injury

(Reuters) - Everton’s Yerry Mina is still recovering from a foot injury and Saturday’s Premier League visit of Southampton comes too soon for the Colombia international defender to make his debut, manager Marco Silva said on Friday.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Round of 16 - Colombia vs England - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 3, 2018 Colombia's Yerry Mina celebrates REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Mina, 23, joined Everton from Barcelona on transfer deadline day and missed the Merseyside club’s 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening weekend of the new season.

“I can tell you Mina is not available for the match. He is recovering from a small problem in his foot,” Silva told a news conference.

Fellow new signing Richarlison, who struck twice against Wolves before going off with a cramp, has been cleared to play in the game at Goodison Park.

Midfielder Andre Gomes will not feature as he battles to shake off a hamstring injury while defender Kurt Zouma and playmaker Bernard are available to make their debuts.

“We’ve made new signings and I want there to be competition for each position. As a squad, it is the way I like to work. I like to have problems when making my decisions,” Silva added.

Southampton began their campaign with a goalless draw against Burnley.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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