Everton have given an injury update on Jean-Philippe Gbamin ahead of Wednesday night’s meeting with Norwich City, reiterating that the 24-year-old is recovering from his achilles injury and will be a ‘long-term absentee’. Gbamin suffered a non-contact training ground injury in May which required surgery, ruling him out for six months, only two days after he’d targeted a June return from his nine-month quadriceps injury.
The Ivorian international joined Everton from 1. FSV Mainz 05 and has gone on to make only two appearances in all competitions. Gbamin suffered the thigh injury back in August 2019 and looked set to return when Premier League football resumed. Unfortunately, he’s now been ruled out until 2021 and his long-term future at Goodison Park may be uncertain.
Gbamin will have spent his first one-and-a-half years at Everton on the treatment table and will see the Toffees being linked with players who could be his eventual replacement – Adrien Rabiot, Allan, Angelo Fulgini, Franck Kessie, Morgan Sanson, Mohammed Kudus, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Davide Frattesi, Matias Vecino, John McGinn and Idrissa Gueye.
The 24-year-old still has four years remaining on his contract, but it remains to be seen whether Gbamin can return to his best after injury.