Return dates set for key Everton trio as Rafa Benitez continues with pre-season training plans

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Owing to their country’s participation in either Euro 2020 or the Copa America, three of Everton’s first-team stars had been given extended leave, however, they’re now set to join up with Rafa Benitez and their club colleagues in order to complete pre-season training.

Jordan Pickford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin had vastly different experiences at the European Championship, though both ended up with the same runner-up medal.

Yerry Mina, meanwhile, was guilty of missing a penalty in the shoot-out loss to eventual champions, Argentina, in the Copa America.

The trio will report back for duty at Finch Farm next Monday, giving them just under a fortnight before the Premier League gets back down to business.

According to the Liverpool ECHO, all three players will be considered for Everton’s final pre-season warm-up game against Manchester United on August 7.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin is one of three important players ready to return to Everton’s pre-season training

That’s assuming of course that their fitness levels haven’t dipped to such an extent that they’ll need to do more work behind the scenes to get themselves up to speed.

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It goes without saying that Benitez will be reliant on all three, and other senior members of the Toffees squad, to hit some early season form in order to help shift the narrative away from his Liverpool allegiance.

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