Injury blow for the Toffees
Everton have confirmed that summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin suffered an injury in the lead-up to the Toffees’ clash with Aston Villa.
The French midfielder arrived at Goodison Park over the summer, signing from FSV Mainz in a deal worth £25 million.
Gbamin was expected to replace Idrissa Gueye, before being thrust into action during Everton’s opening fixture with Crystal Palace due to an Andre Gomes injury.
The Frenchman then started the game against Watford last week, with the Toffees picking up their first 3 point-haul of the season with a 1-0 win.
However, Gbamin’s swift introduction to the Everton team looks to have taken its toll.
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Gbamin suffers muscle injury
That’s because Everton have confirmed that the midfielder has suffered a muscle injury.
Gbamin was expected to start the game against Aston Villa, but was replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin following his return from suspension.
While the specific details surrounding his injury are currently unknown, Everton fans will be hoping that it doesn’t keep Gbamin out for long:
| Thoughts on that team then, Blues? One change from the win over Watford as JP Gbamin misses out with a muscle injury.
— Everton (@Everton) August 23, 2019
Another player who fans were hoping to see on Friday was Moise Kean.
The Italian has impressed during his cameo appearances this season.
However, Marco Silva has now confirmed that the player isn’t quite ready to start for Everton.
“When he shows to me in training he’s ready and that he’s better than the others,” Silva explained, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s a quality player but we have to give him time to perform in the way we want.”