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Silva keeps cool despite Mina injury

Yerry Mina

Marco Silva refused to criticise Colombia boss Carlos Queiroz after defender Yerry Mina sustained a "serious" hamstring injury playing for his national team against Everton's advice.

Mina was injured in Colombia’s 2-1 friendly defeat to South Korea on Tuesday, having also featured in Friday’s 1-0 win over Japan. The 24-year-old, no stranger to setbacks this season, is facing another spell on the sidelines, and though Silva could not give a firm timetable for his return, he said he was sure Mina would play again this season.

Silva revealed he had told his fellow Portuguese Queiroz that the defender was not fit enough to play in both games for his national team over the break.

“We knew it could be a risk for him to play the two matches, it was something in our communication with the national team,” Silva said. “We cannot control it, it’s their decision of course but we tried to advise them. It was always a risk for him to play in a short period the two games. They decided and unfortunately for us and for Yerry he took the injury.”

Asked he was angry or unhappy with Queiroz’s decision, Silva said: “It’s not a matter of being unhappy. My colleague is also Portuguese and we had this communication, but of course he decided the best thing for the national team.”