Everton are confident that André Gomes will be fit enough to play in Sunday's Merseyside derby after he resumed full training this week.
The Portuguese had to skip some sessions last week and sat out the inter-squad friendly that was played at Goodison Park over the weekend because of what was described on evertonfc.com as “a minor knock”.
Gomes missed almost four months of the season after sustaining a potentially catastrophic fracture dislocation of his right ankle but made a stunningly rapid recovery in time to resume action shortly before the campaign was suspended in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti provided an update on Gomes on the official site, explaining that he doesn't expect there to be a problem with the midfielder being able to play.
The Italian only has Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies as his other fit, senior central midfield options for the restart against Liverpool but he says that Fabian Delph should return to training soon.
“André Gomes is training with the team so he is not going to have a problem for Sunday.” Ancelotti said.
“The physical condition of the team in general is good and we are looking to recover Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph. Mina has a check on Wednesday, so we will see with him [if he is ready to face Liverpool].
“We have to check on Fabian Delph, also. They are both close to coming back to training but remain doubts for the game on Sunday.
“If they do not play, we hope they will be with us for the match at Norwich, for sure.
"Theo Walcott had surgery last week, we hope he will not be long in recovery and can be ready to come back with us in three weeks."
It has been announced that Mike Dean will officiate the derby on Sunday. The avowed Tranmere fan was restricted from refereeing games between the other two Merseyside clubs for many years but the Premier League have relaxed their stance starting in 2016.
The Wirral-born official, whose sons are Liverpool season-ticket holders, was also in charge of the Anfield derby last December. Chris Kavanagh, who sent Ancelotti off at the end of the 1-1 draw with Manchester United, has been appointed Video Assistant Referee.
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1 Posted 17/06/2020 at 04:38:35
2 Posted 17/06/2020 at 06:27:30
3 Posted 17/06/2020 at 08:11:01
A derby match I can't get excited about. Although it would be nice to beat them, I'd sooner beat them the first time we play them next season at Anfield, whenever that maybe be!
4 Posted 17/06/2020 at 08:40:24
Just highlights where we are and what a massive job Ancelotti's got on his hands. There's a similar issue with the centre-half pairing. We need a dominant centre-midfielder and centre-half desperately.
5 Posted 17/06/2020 at 08:44:02
I hope Carlo disagrees with Lyndon's report on his options in midfield as any combination of Davies, Gomes and Sigurdsson in a 2 or a 3 would really struggle with their tempo. I would hope the likes of Iwobi and SidibÃ© are being considered in a 3 as we won't have the option of playing Mason Holgate in there due to Yerry Mina's absence.
6 Posted 17/06/2020 at 09:41:28
Like Kenny #4 said, Carlos's rebuilding job will be massive. I'm just hoping he can get Thiago Silva and Allan in to give us some spine and leadership.
7 Posted 17/06/2020 at 09:52:54
8 Posted 17/06/2020 at 10:00:47
9 Posted 17/06/2020 at 10:22:12
10 Posted 17/06/2020 at 10:37:04
Every blue, in every nook and cranny on planet earth knows we need a central midfield. Gomes would be a component of that and would likely flourish too with the right balance in there.
We need two central midfielders now Gbamin's out and Schneiderlin is moving on. Two quality CM players in will see us step up a gear and get closer to the top 6 and who knows into it. Getting these two players in is Carlo's and Marcel Brand's biggest test so far and a critical factor in our progress up the league.
11 Posted 17/06/2020 at 10:40:35
13 Posted 17/06/2020 at 11:14:05
14 Posted 17/06/2020 at 11:34:49
15 Posted 17/06/2020 at 12:30:32
Got an unfunny feeling they will lose to the Gunners.
City aren't bothered were they finish in Prem as they are banned from Europe anyhow. Though more importantly they will have their eyes on the Champions League Grand Tournament in Portugal in August.
Besides, the great wonga god Sky decrees it.
16 Posted 17/06/2020 at 12:37:50
Everton are complete mugs they really are and the FA and the rs know it.
The appointment of Dean and Kavanagh is possibly the biggest piss take yet. Quite remarkable what Everton are prepared to put up with.
The original corrupt ref not wanting to come into a virus rife area sums up the whole situation.
I hope Everton enjoy their cash windfall because everything else is going to be another embarrassing disaster.
17 Posted 17/06/2020 at 14:05:37
If Arsenal win tonight, then I'm convinced we are cursed again them and we will never, ever be able to match them on or off the field. I honestly see Arsenal winning tonight, just a horrible feeling.
18 Posted 17/06/2020 at 14:29:16
20 Posted 17/06/2020 at 14:38:55
Bitter? You bet.
21 Posted 17/06/2020 at 14:45:53
22 Posted 17/06/2020 at 16:24:51
The players would undoubtedly understand the consequences for us and they would have to go to the bottom of the well to prevent it from happening. I on one hand would love to know who is up for the fight going forward and who really cares about us but on the other hand I suppose it may be a very painful lesson to find out.
Could you imagine what it would feel like sending them fuckers packing with their tails between their legs?
23 Posted 17/06/2020 at 16:28:16
If nothing else, they will not be able to celebrate the title, if it happens on,the Goodison Park pitch.
Anyway let's just hope City win or draw tonight, so that we do not hear all the shite pre match of it being a title winning chance Sunday, they will win the title sooner than later, hopefully it will not be this Sunday.
24 Posted 17/06/2020 at 17:09:17
I'd rather go into Sunday's game with no possibility that they can win it at the old lady.
I hope City put that to bed early doors tonight. Then we can concentrate solely on beating the fuckers rather than have sleepless nights before hand
25 Posted 17/06/2020 at 17:13:30
26 Posted 17/06/2020 at 17:45:49
So fuck them, and fuck the Premier League, and fuck Sky. I hope our boys can kick them off the park in a gritty nil nil, but I personally won't be watching.
27 Posted 17/06/2020 at 18:49:59
28 Posted 17/06/2020 at 20:24:24
I hope we don't get turned over.and all clubs have been out of it for a long, long time.
The twists of fate in our encounters with old Nick must be won soon.
Hopefully the players will be motivated, believe in themselves and get into the RS.
Watford took them the cleaners, hopefully Carlo will exploit them.
Hope eternal, stay safe All.
29 Posted 17/06/2020 at 20:55:45
30 Posted 17/06/2020 at 21:07:34
Carlo now knows just what a shit job he has taken on. He will walk away knowing it's an impossible task to put us back where we belong...
31 Posted 17/06/2020 at 22:33:56
Let's hope there's no such techno screw ups on Sunday.
Just seen the news and all stay safe. Family all over the World and Jay thoughts, hopes and prayers for all in Brazil.
32 Posted 18/06/2020 at 12:22:18
33 Posted 19/06/2020 at 09:53:21
34 Posted 19/06/2020 at 17:13:45
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