Everton defender Yerry Mina says he is looking forward to the possibility of getting his first Premier League start for the Blues this weekend against Chelsea.
Mina signed in August from Barcelona but has spent the last three months on the sidelines recovering from an injury which he hints to having been frustrating at times.
The Colombian came on as a late substitute at Goodison Park against Brighton to a rapturous reception from Evertonians and says that he is really excited to get the chance to impress his manager.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said at his press conference today via a translator.
“I’m very very happy, I’ve gone through one or two difficult moments where I’ve had to be patient, but I’m nervous, but in a good way.
“I’m really excited about playing on Sunday.
“The moment has come now and it’s thanks to the support I’ve had, not just from my family but from my team mates who have been great through the period where I’ve not been playing.
“Now I’m 100% fit and I’m ready to bring my little bit of help to the team, starting from the weekend.
“I’ve been really anxious to get started, and to get the full 90 minutes in the friendly game [against Go Mahia] that was great as well.”
Popular with the fans
Mina is already proving a popular figure among the Everton supporters, thanks to his infectious smile and the work he has got involved in with Everton in the Community.
Always seen smiling, Mina says that he tries to be happy in order to help others be happy too.
“I’d like to thank the supporters for how they show their appreciation of me,” he added.
“I equally return that appreciation, I like them a lot as well!
“I’ve always been a calm, relaxed character, and this is natural, this is just me, you know.
“What you see is what you get.
“I try to be happy and I try and transmit that happiness to those around me.
“It’s down to me to thank the fans and pay them back for their reception.”
Mina is likely to replace Kurt Zouma at the heart of the Everton defence as Zouma is ineligible to play against Chelsea, who have loaned him to Everton.
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