Everton quartet ruled out of Newcastle United clash as key man suffers injury setback

Everton team news ahead of Frank Lampard’s side visit to St James’ Park.
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Everton will be without four senior players when they visit Newcastle United in the Premier League tonight (kick-off 7:30pm).

Frank Lampard’s side are boosted by the return of Anthony Gordon - who returns from a one-match suspension - and Mason Holgate following his recovery from a knee injury.

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However, the Toffees are still missing some important players.

Yerry Mina has been unavailable since suffering ankle ligament damage in the opening day defeat to Chelsea. The Colombian recently returned to training but now has a minor calf problem.

Ben Godfrey fractured his leg in the same game, and while he’s back in light training, the defender won’t return until after the Qatar World Cup. The same goes for former Newcastle winger Andros Townsend, who has been sidelined since March with an ACL injury.

Nathan Patterson - who injured his ankle while representing Scotland - is also out of the trip to St James’ Park.

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Meanwhile, Lampard is still easing Dominic Calvert-Lewin back into action. The England striker missed the opening eight games of the season but has appeared as a substitute in Everton’s back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

“We’ve got to be careful with Dominic coming back, making sure we gradually bring him in but we want to do it as quickly as possible,” Lampard said. “It’s a fine balance. When we have two games coming up in three days, hopefully we can get more minutes out of him.”

Newcastle, of course, have injury problems of their own after setbacks for Alexander Isak and Allan Saint-Maximin. Matt Ritchie (calf), Karl Darlow (ankle) and Emil Krafth (knee) are also ruled out.