Good and bad news for Everton
Everton midfielder Andre Gomes could return from injury against Arsenal, while Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed another Jean-Philippe Gbamin setback.
The Toffees have had a torrid time with injury this season.
Andre Gomes suffered a fractured dislocation in his ankle following a tackle by Son Heung-min back in November last year.
Meanwhile, summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin has only featured twice for Everton due to injury.
The Ivorian suffered a thigh injury in Everton’s 2nd game of the season against Watford.
While he was expected to return by the end of last year, he suffered a setback and needed surgery.
Now, there’s been a positive update on Gomes’ fitness, but another setback for Gbamin.
“Andre Gomes did a fantastic recovery, he is almost fit”
Speaking in his pre-Watford press conference, Carlo Ancelotti gave an update on Gomes and Gbamin.
Starting with Gomes, Ancelotti confirmed that his recovery has gone very well.
In fact, Ancelotti even suggested that Gomes could return for his side’s clash with Arsenal.
That game at the Emirates comes just after the Toffees’ winter break, on the 23rd of February.
“Andre Gomes did a fantastic recovery. He is almost fit,” Ancelotti confirmed, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“After Crystal Palace, we have the possibility to prepare him for the game against Arsenal.”
That will come as a huge boost for all Everton fans, with midfield possibly the team’s weakest position right now.
Another Gbamin setback
The bad news for Everton fans, though, is that summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin has suffered another setback.
Ancelotti confirmed in his press conference that more surgery will be needed to correct his thigh injury.
While that could rule him out for the remainder of the season, Ancelotti is remaining positive.
“We hope to see him before the end of the season,” he claimed.
Ancelotti: “We hope to see him before the end of the season.”
— Phil Kirkbride (@philkecho) January 31, 2020