Frank Lampard finds himself in yet another situation that he won’t be grumbling about too much.
Having the majority of his Everton squad available since taking charge is something that hasn’t happened too often until recent weeks. Injuries haven’t exactly been kind and, at times, Lampard’s had to make do with what is available to him.
But the treatment room is starting to clear up at Goodison Park. As things stand, only Andros Townsend is not back in full training as he works his way back from an ACL injury.
It might be too soon for Ben Godfrey to be included in Lampard’s plans just yet. The Toffees boss has admitted he expects the defender to be sidelined until after the World Cup as works his way back from a fractured leg.
Still, given the healthy injury situation, it means that Lampard will have to omit players from his squad when Everton face Leicester City today. In fact, it could be as many as three.
Against Fulham, Ruben Vinagre and Salomon Rondon were both surplus to requirements.
Indeed, Sporting Lisbon loanee Vinagree has not featured on the bench for the past two games. He's made just three appearances so far, with Vitalii Mykolenko firmly first-choice left-back.
Rondon, meanwhile, has struggled to make an impact at Goodison since arriving in August 2021. This term, the striker has made 11 outings in total.
But Yerry Mina may also be back in contention to feature among the substitutes. The centre-back hasn’t played since coming off in the opening-day defeat to Chelsea with ankle ligament damage. However, Mina is now back in full training and Lampard has admitted he’s getting close.
If the former Barcelona defender was given the green light by the medical department to feature, Lampard would have another big decision to make. Given the lengthy absence of the Colombia international, he may not be immediately restored.
But while his injury record can't be disputed, neither can Mina's quality when he does play. If he was to return to the squad then Michael Keane or Mason Holgate would likely drop out.