According to a report from Everton’s official website via Twitter, midfielder Andre Gomes played the full 60 minutes of an 11-a-side training game made up of first-team and U23s players – completing the session with no fitness issues.
Gomes, who has been on the sidelines since November after suffering a nasty ankle injury during their 1-1 draw at home to Spurs, appears to be nearing recovery from his knock – with the Portuguese midfielder stretching his legs over a one-hour training match and not suffering from any physical issues.
The 26-year-old has accumulated an impressive 89% pass accuracy in his own half over the games he has played, garnering an 83% success rate all over the pitch, perhaps highlighting how much he has been missed in a Toffees shirt (SofaScore). Compared to teammate Fabian Delph, despite his lesser pass completion, Gomes has registered more shots per game (0.3) and a higher amount of key passes (0.8) on average in fewer minutes, as per WhoScored.com – which could also signal a lack of midfield threat without him in the side.
As a result, many Toffees supporters have lauded the fact he could return soon – find all of their best comments from Twitter down below.
— David Cardus (@TheToffeesWay) February 16, 2020
— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) February 16, 2020
— 🇮🇹 (@efcjosh___) February 16, 2020
Such GLORIOUS NEWS! Was truly afraid after seeing the horror tackle inflicted upon @aftgomes by “He who shall not be blamed” that we wouldn’t see André back on the pitch this season! We’ve got every chance of having before my birthday! What a present! Happy Birthday to me! UTFT!
— Jim Chandler (@spicejim73) February 16, 2020
— David 1878 (@davidjbricey) February 16, 2020
— Azzurri Everton 🇮🇹 (@BlueNoseMikeM) February 16, 2020
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