Andre Gomes is nearing a return for Everton after recovering from a broken ankle and is targeting the Blues’ meeting with Arsenal on February 23 to make his comeback.
The 26-year-old has returned to USM Finch Farm after completing his rehabilitation and is now doing a combination of individual training and some sessions with the first-team.
Gomes has made nine appearances in all competitions this season, the last of which came in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur (November 3, 2019). The Portuguese international has missed 15 games through injury, but his return to the pitch could be in three weeks.
In Gomes’ absence, Everton have called upon Mason Holgate, Fabian Delph, Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson in midfield. They’ll travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford (February 1) before hosting Crystal Palace at Goodison Park (February 8), but Gomes isn’t expected back that early.
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The Toffees have an international break before their trip to face Arsenal and Carlo Ancelotti revealed there is a plan in place for Gomes to return when the players get back together.
He said: “Andre Gomes did a fantastic recovery and he is almost fit. Of course, we have to take care of him. After the game against Crystal Palace, we have a break, so in that period we have the possibility to prepare him well for the game against Arsenal. This is the plan.
“I was not here when he got injured but he had a really bad injury. I think that the work that all the staff did on him was fantastic. I was surprised [by how quickly he has recovered]. He started training with the team without any problem. This is really good news.”