Everton defender Yerry Mina. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images
Yerry Mina’s taken his excellent Everton form into the international break.
The centre-back is thriving for Colombia in their World Cup qualifiers. He’s helped his country keep clean sheets against Uruguay and Brazil, nullifying two of the world’s best strikers in Luis Suarez and Neymar respectively in two goalless stalemates.
Will Mina have to quarantine?
However, Colombia is one of the seven remaining countries on England’s COVID-19 travel red list after rules changed earlier this month.
Anyone arriving from the South American country must isolate in a managed hotel for 10 days - even if doubled vaccinated.
Luckily, the government has now relaxed rules for footballers who’ve had both jabs returning from international duty in red-list areas.
They have to quarantine in “bespoke facilities” for 10 days and are allowed to leave once a day for training or a game.
Will he be available for the next game?
That’s fortunate for Everton, although they still may be without Mina for Sunday’s clash against West Ham United (14.00 BST).
Colombia do not play their final game of the break against Ecuador until Thursday. Kick-off is at 22.00 BST.
By the time Mina arrives back in England, there will be concerns over jet lag and if he’s had enough recovery time.
Who could replace Mina?
If he’s not available, Benitez will still have cover to play alongside Michael Keane in central defence.
The natural replacement is Ben Godfrey. He’s been deputising at right-back while Seamus Coleman has been sidelined.
Coleman is closing in on his return from a hamstring injury, though, having been back training before the international break.
Yet Godfrey may need to fill in on the left-hand side of defence. Lucas Digne has returned from France duty early after suffering a hamstring issue of his own.
If Digne is unavailable then the Toffees would turn to Mason Holgate. He’s played four times so far this season.
Youngster Jarrad Branthwaite is also an option.