Everton fans are fearful of midfielder Andre Gomes going on international duty with Portugal in case he picks up another knock.
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It’s not been a great start to the season for the Toffees, with Everton currently languishing in the bottom three despite recruiting over £100m (via Transfermarkt) worth of talent in the summer.
This poor run of form hasn’t been helped by the absence of Gomes, who has missed the last three games with a rib problem, and is now set to be put at further risk by hopping on a plane to fulfil his international obligations.
A statement from the club’s website read: “Andre Gomes is joining up with Portugal after being summoned for European Championship qualifying fixtures against Luxembourg and Ukraine. The 26-year-old, who completed a permanent transfer to Everton from Barcelona this summer, replaces injured Real Betis player William Carvalho in manager Fernando Santos’s squad.”
Portugal currently occupy second spot in Group B of the Euro 2020 qualifiers but face a vital couple of games to stay ahead of Serbia who are right on their tail.
Here’s how a few Everton fans on Twitter reacted to the news of Gomes being called up:
We all know how this ends…
— Pep (@PepsiFIFA12) 10 October 2019
Weird decision to allow him to go when he’s played 5 minutes in 5 weeks
— SILVA OUT (@pauldraaps) October 10, 2019
— Tom (@tomdonovan1878) October 10, 2019
Well deserved, but stay injury free please!
— Silva’s Quandry (@DANDURKIN6) October 10, 2019
Cue long term injury
— Keith Gylfi Pickurdsson (@toffeeman55) October 10, 2019
Please come back uninjured and still beautiful.
— Jimmy Donnellan (@donemelons) October 10, 2019
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— Elliot (@ElliotB1878) October 10, 2019