Date: 16th July 2020 at 10:40am
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Everton have confirmed that Andre Gomes is ‘available’ to face Aston Villa on Thursday evening. The 26-year-old has been out of action with an ankle injury which caused him to miss Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he’ll join Mason Holgate back in the starting eleven.

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Carlo Ancelotti will be delighted to have Gomes available as Everton have been low on reliable midfielders – Morgan Schneiderlin was sold to OGC Nice, Fabian Delph has been out of action with a muscle injury, Jean-Philippe Gbamin was ruled out with an Achilles injury until 2021, Tom Davies has struggled for consistency and Beni Baningime has only been an unused substitute in recent weeks.

Anthony Gordon is an option for Ancelotti and has impressed since making the step up, but it remains to be seen who he’d be alongside if picked. Sigurdsson has featured heavily of late while Gomes played in eight of nine games before injury, so the pair may line up against Villa.

When fit, Gomes has been one of the first names on the teamsheet. The £20.25m-rated midfielder made 17 appearances in all competitions this season and played 42 minutes in last Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton. Gomes has not always been at his best since joining permanently from Barcelona, but regular playing time should help him find some form

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