Everton confirmed on Thursday that Jean-Phillipe Gbamin suffered a serious achilles injury in training and will undergo surgery next week that could keep him out of action until 2021. The 24-year-old spent the last nine months recovering from a quadriceps injury, so this latest setback is a crushing blow.
Gbamin joined Everton from 1.FSV Mainz 05 last summer and went on to make two appearances in all competitions. He suffered the thigh injury in August 2019 and was finally talking about making a return to the pitch, but now the Ivorian international is expected to be in rehabilitation for the rest of the year.
Carlo Ancelotti isn’t lacking in the engine room with Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies at his disposal. Gbamin’s injury is likely to further Everton’s need to strengthen in midfield.
The Toffees have been linked with Allan, Franck Kessie, Adrien Rabiot, Mohammed Kudus, Morgan Sanson, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Matias Vecino, Davide Frattesi, John McGinn and Idrissa Gueye, but it remains to be seen who they’ll bring in.
Gbamin’s long-term future at Goodison Park may be uncertain too. The 24-year-old could struggle to get back to his best when he eventually returns, so Everton might be eyeing his replacement.