Everton’s Gbamin eyeing return when campaign resumes: ‘I am training with a view to playing this season’

Everton’s Jean-Philippe Gbamin has recently moved to provide a fitness update on himself.

Premier League return edging closer

The Premier League has been suspended since March 13th due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

However, in recent weeks, the English top-flight has begun to take steps towards a return.

Premier League players and club staff have undergone several rounds of coronavirus testing, with all 20 clubs currently back training in small groups.

No official date is yet set in stone, but June 19th is one of the latest to be mentioned as a potential restart date for the Premier League.

 

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Gbamin provides fitness update

And one player who, as mentioned above, is eyeing a return to action once the English top-flight eventually gets back underway, is Everton’s Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

The Ivorian made the move to Merseyside last summer, on the back of an impressive stint with Bundesliga outfit Mainz.

The Toffees are understood to have paid £25m for the powerful midfielder, who had previously notched 95 appearances across all competitions for Mainz.

However, the 24-year-old has endured a rather tough start to life in England.

Gbamin had managed just 135 minutes of action with Everton, before suffering an injury that has kept him out of action ever since.

But, in a recent interview, the African provided a positive update on his recovery, with Gbamin having confirmed that he is training with a view to returning to competitive action if the season resumes:

“It is great to be back at Finch Farm with my teammates. I have my feeling back that I can get playing again.

“Training has been good. I worked a lot with Adam (Newall) in the past week, with social distancing in place.

“We worked outside and did some ball work which was great for me to do after the lockdown. I am doing all the things the other players are doing with the ball and I hope to be able to join in full sessions with them soon, depending on what we are told is safe to do.

“I am training with a view to playing this season if the Premier League returns. I feel good, fully recovered and I am ready.

“We are taking it slowly because it was a big injury. It was not easy but I think if the games start to be played in the Premier League then I think I can play.

“I hope I can bring the quality I have. If I can help the team to go up the league then that would be great. I will be doing my maximum for the team.

“I can’t wait to play. It has been a long time that I haven’t played football so I know it is going to be hard to start but I am ready for this and I can’t wait for that day to come.”

Quotes via the Liverpool Echo.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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