Jean-Philippe Gbamin could be back in action by the end of November according to an injury update from Carlo Ancelotti who expects to have Allan, Seamus Coleman and André Gomes back in contention for this weekend's Merseyside derby.
Gbamin has been sidelined since August last year, first with a torn quadriceps tendon and then with a ruptured Achilles sustained just as he was preparing to return to action last spring.
He has made just a couple of appearances for Everton since joining from Mainz for £23m but his new manager appears confident that he will play again before the end of the year, contradicting suggestions made yesterday that he wouldn't be fit until next year.
“He is working individually," Ancelotti told evertontv. "He's not here yet but I think he's going to be [at Finch Farm] in about 15 days — apart [from the group] at the beginning and then with the team. At the end of November he can be fit to play.”
Meanwhile, Allan, who missed the win over Brighton with a minor groin injury is back in training along with Coleman, who came off against the Seagulls after feeling a twinge in his hamstring, and Gomes who was also ruled out of the 4-2 win with a small complaint.
Yerry Mina, who was withheld from the Colombia team that earned a 2-2 draw against Chile in World Cup qualifying last night, will have his thigh assessed on his return from South America and Lucas Digne is now a significant doubt after having to be substituted late in France's win over Croatia because he injured his knee.
Reader Comments (38)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 14/10/2020 at 22:41:34
2 Posted 14/10/2020 at 22:42:39
3 Posted 14/10/2020 at 22:47:37
How he comes back, will be key and he wont be rushed back but lets see.
Steps in the right direction and a change of fortune for the better, hopefully.
4 Posted 14/10/2020 at 22:55:39
The good thing is theres no need to rush him back with our midfield options. I remember it took Bracewell and age to come back, eventually he did reestablish himself albeit not at Everton. Whether or not Gbamin makes it Everton remains to be seen but if nothing else hopefully he gets playing again
5 Posted 14/10/2020 at 22:58:13
For the size of the squad, which is apparently too large, we do seem to have areas where we are light. A sign of the unbalanced approach to signings over the past 4 or 5 years.
We can handle injuries in the midfield, out wide, goalkeeper and 'the number 10', whatever that is. But at the back and up the sharp end we cringe with every hard tackle or bad landing.
Friday will be interesting. I still think we could see a move for Josh King. Particularly reading between the lines of Franny Jeffers comments on Ellis Simms.
6 Posted 14/10/2020 at 23:02:14
7 Posted 14/10/2020 at 23:20:38
Bracewell was one of my favourites at the time. He was only 24, hadn't even reached his peak, heading to Mexico with England. A future star, until a shocking tackle by a useless striker Whitehurst. Two years of injury hell, sadly he was never the same player.
I hope Gbamin finally gets a chance to show his skill, hopefully he'll be back next month, but it'll take him a lot longer to get match fit.
8 Posted 14/10/2020 at 23:24:43
Lyndon, the Digne "reports" aren't reports, it happened. Pull up a replay of the game online (ESPN+) and jump to minute 79 where he beautifully assists on Mbappe's gamewinner. He clearly is in distress and must be helped off four minutes later.
Waiting impatiently for clearer word on Coleman, Allan and Mina. Damn, is it Wednesday already??
9 Posted 14/10/2020 at 23:25:59
10 Posted 15/10/2020 at 02:30:31
Whatever, the least we can expect is maximum effort as and when he eventually earns a shirt (and I'll support him if he puts in the max).
More likely though he'll become to our midfield what Sandro was to our attack.
12 Posted 15/10/2020 at 04:08:20
13 Posted 15/10/2020 at 07:24:52
My prediction 1-0 Everton, James belter, COYB!!!
14 Posted 15/10/2020 at 08:42:55
15 Posted 15/10/2020 at 08:55:29
Best wishes to him.
16 Posted 15/10/2020 at 08:59:52
17 Posted 15/10/2020 at 09:19:25
I don't like the news regarding Mina and Digne. Hopefully they will be okay.
18 Posted 15/10/2020 at 09:26:56
My only worry is with Achilles injuries players tend to lose that explosive 5-yard burst – remember Yakubu who tore his and never got back to the level he was before.
19 Posted 15/10/2020 at 09:27:41
I'm not worried about Mina, I hope he gets fit but, on Saturday, if Ben Godfrey comes in, he'll do fine and those around him will benefit from his presence, including Nkounkou, if he has to come in for Digne, who will be a big loss if he doesn't make it.
We are going into the game at Goodison to win, no matter what team turns out.
20 Posted 15/10/2020 at 09:51:22
21 Posted 15/10/2020 at 09:58:29
22 Posted 15/10/2020 at 10:42:01
Digne is such a classy player and experienced so he would be missed. Nkounkou is 19 still so it would be a a baptism of fire against Mane and Salah and their wing backs.
The young lad looked very cool defensively against West Ham, and kept his defensive game simple. I thought it was mature and encouraging, I think he is listening to good advice from Ancelotti.
Offensively Nkounkou has the ability to cause Liverpool problems. He can find space and his crossing ability with his left foot is as good as it gets for a teenage player, and is already better than the vast majority of senior players. The fact that this lad has loads of improvement to come is really exciting for us.
I would rather he had a more phased introduction so I am happy that Digne says he should be ok to play.
23 Posted 15/10/2020 at 10:42:11
24 Posted 15/10/2020 at 11:49:36
Similarly if Ben Godfrey is thrown into the mix, I watched the lad the other night in the England U-21s, he was impressive in commanding his area and marshalling the defence.
Isn't it great at last to have so many options in almost every position? Hitherto, we would have been worried about any injury before a derby match. Having said that, let's hope they get out there and batter these pretenders and widen our points advantage and goal difference too.
25 Posted 15/10/2020 at 12:56:32
Let's hope he can get back to his previous level, after such a nasty injury.
26 Posted 15/10/2020 at 13:55:42
27 Posted 15/10/2020 at 14:04:30
28 Posted 15/10/2020 at 17:10:00
29 Posted 15/10/2020 at 17:57:40
On the other hand, if he can get down the wing, his crosses could make him a perfect partner for the new 'one touch' Calvert-Lewin.
30 Posted 15/10/2020 at 18:51:00
31 Posted 15/10/2020 at 19:01:33
Aside from physical size I didn't see any little glimpses of quality and he did not appear particularly quick in tight spaces. I expect we'll be looking to loan him out next summer if he can at least regain fitness.
Back to McCarthy, I really rated him as a squad player so the long term injuries were so unfortunate for him and our usual lot as Blues.
33 Posted 15/10/2020 at 19:47:14
Good luck to Gbamin if he plays in the future. If he does it can only be good for our not too unrealistic title challenge. Onward and upwards, keep the faith.
34 Posted 15/10/2020 at 19:54:55
35 Posted 15/10/2020 at 21:20:16
IF he recovers fitness..
..will he be able to stay fit?
..will he be good/fast/strong enough for the Premier League?
..will he be good enough for this version of Everton and not just the one he joined?
If he answers all those questions affirmatively it will be a nice surprise but I choose to assume at least one and maybe all will trip him up.
36 Posted 15/10/2020 at 22:56:50
You can never have too much strength in depth for the midfield as I have always believed that's where games are won and lost.
37 Posted 15/10/2020 at 23:07:01
38 Posted 15/10/2020 at 23:17:41
The US is really turning out some great talent right now.
40 Posted 16/10/2020 at 10:05:13
let's wait and see A living hen can still eats corn, says an African proverb.
41 Posted 16/10/2020 at 20:57:00
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.