Here are the Everton morning headlines for Wednesday, June 3.
Mina injury worry to leave Ancelotti short at the back
Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina faces “several weeks” out injured after picking up a thigh strain in training.
Everton’s defender sustained the issue last week and the ECHO understands he is already in rehabilitation for the partial tear in the left quad, which leaves manager Carlo Ancelotti with a worrisome lack of depth at the heart of the back line.
Only Mason Holgate and Michael Keane are fit at centre-back, with Everton set to face Liverpool in their first game back on 20 June.
There is currently no timescale for Mina’s return to action, with Everton having nine games left in the 19/20 campaign.
Mo Besic to return after no loan extension agreed
Midfielder Mo Besic is set to return to Everton before the end of the season, despite initial talks over extending his loan with Sheffield United.
The ECHO understand that Besic will now return at the end of June as initially planned, having featured just nine times for the Blades in the league this term.
He is likely to be made available once again in the summer, either on loan or for a permanent deal, having made 56 appearances since signing in 2014 under Roberto Martinez.
Besic has previously had a loan spell at Middlesbrough but is not considered part of Carlo Ancelotti’s future plans.
Plan emerges for Gibson to cover Mina
The aforementioned injury to Mina leaves Everton without cover at centre-back, though there is one potential option open to the club.
A vote between the Premier League clubs on Thursday could see a proposal put forward for sides to register players from July 1 in a new squad list — meaning those not currently involved could feature from that point onwards.
Everton have centre-back Lewis Gibson currently on loan at Fleetwood and the League One club want to keep him beyond the currently agreed date of 30 June, the ECHO have learned.
But if Everton can register new players in their squad, it could mean he is promoted to next-in-line with the first team, with Mina sidelined.
As it stands, special dispensation would have to be sought from the Premier League for Gibson to play, leaving January signing from Carlisle Jarrad Branthwaite as the only alternative.