It is hard not to feel sorry for Yerry Mina.
His Everton career was largely ruined by injuries and the Toffees allowed him to leave when his contract expired. Fiorentina were quickly there to pick up what they hoped would be a bargain, but the defender hasn’t yet kicked a ball in anger for them.
Despite that, he was allowed to join up with Colombia for the recently concluded international break, with La Viola’s hope obviously being that he could pick up some fitness and then be ready for Serie A.
After what had happened at Everton, perhaps the next twist was sadly inevitable. Having played 90 minutes against Venezuela and with everything looking optimistic, Mina left the pitch after 23 minutes against Chile and was seen to be in tears.
That situation is also unfortunate for Fiorentina, with Firenze Viola saying the ‘Mina case’ is a ‘punch in the stomach’ for the Tuscany club.
Mina could be out for two months and the injury has ‘confirmed’ that the defender was ‘too risky a player’ to be signed. Now it’s stated La Viola will have to put their faith in youngsters and look ahead to the January window when it’s suggested they will now move for another central defender.
The former Everton player has a contract lasting until 2024, with a further year option based on performances.