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We'll know when time is right to give Mina his first start.

Byline: ADAM JONES Sports Reporter adam.jones@reachplc.com @Adam_Jones94

MARCO SILVA has made clear that Yerry Mina is ready to play whenever he takes the decision - and has hinted at when the defender may potentially make his debut.

The Colombian international is still waiting to be handed his first Blues appearance after joining the club from Barcelona in the summer.

A foot injury kept the 24-year-old out for the first portion of this term, but the last few weeks have seen the strong form of Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma confine their new teammate to the sidelines.

However the latter will have to drop out of Everton's side for the trip to Chelsea as he cannot play against his parent club.

That has left some to suggest Mina could be included for this afternoon's fixture against Brighton to build up some game-time ahead of the visit to Stamford Bridge.

But Silva has made clear he is only focusing on the match against the Seagulls today and is not thinking about the upcoming clash against the Londoners yet.

And the Toffees' boss also suggested that Tuesday's midweek friendly against Gor Mahia at Goodison Park could also provide an opportunity for Mina to pick up match minutes.

"It's something we already knew months ago," Silva said when asked about Zouma being unavailable for the Chelsea clash.

"But believe me, our focus is preparing our players to be ready to play, and Mina is ready to play if I take the decision.

"I know how he is working.

"But, in our minds, it's the Brighton match and nothing more. In these moments you don't think about Chelsea. Our focus is in this match and nothing more. We have a friendly match in midweek, which could also be a good solution."

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Yerry Mina in training this week at Finch Farm

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2018
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