Everton have suffered a major blow to Jean-Philippe Gbamin, as Carlo Ancelotti admits the 24-year-old “may need surgery” following a setback in his recovery. Andre Gomes recently returned from a broken ankle in just three months and could be back out on the pitch in three weeks. Everton’s latest injury report suggests his teammate won’t be so fortunate, however.
Gbamin has made only two appearances in all competitions this season, the last of which came in Everton’s 1-0 win over Watford (August 17, 2019). The Ivorian international has missed 27 games through injury and could be now out of action for the majority of the season after his latest setback.
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The midfielder returned to light training after surgery on his quadriceps, but he may have to go under the knife again after holding talks with the club doctor. Ancelotti explained: “(Gbamin) has had a problem, unfortunately. He has had a chat with the doctor and in the next few days he may need another surgery to try to recover him before the end of the season. We hope he will be fit before then.”
In the 24-year-old’s absence, Ancelotti has called upon Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin, Fabian Delph and Mason Holgate in midfield. Whether Everton fans see their £25m man again this season remains to be seen. He’s unlikely to be rushed back after such a lengthy layout when there’s an entire summer for rehabilitation.