Marco Silva has confirmed Andre Gomes is an injury doubt for Everton’s encounter with Watford in his pre-game press conference, as shown on Everton’s official Twitter page.
The Portuguese midfielder injured his ankle during the season opener against Crystal Palace, when he was on the end of a James McArthur tackle, as reported by Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old had joined the Toffees on a permanent basis for £22m during the summer, having previously impressed on loan.
Gomes was showing signs of his quality before getting injured as he made 1 key pass, 1 dribble and completed 86.7% of the passes he attempted during the match, as per WhoScored.
Evertonians had already seen he can make an impact in blue before that though, as last season he started 24 games and came on as a substitute three times, scoring once and assisting once.
He also averaged 1.4 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 1.5 dribbles and completed 84.8% of his passes – statistics which highlight how well-rounded his game can be.
Silva will be hoping that Gomes will be able to play against Watford – the manager’s former club – as the Portuguese midfielder can be an important part of his game plan.
The 26-year-old will be able to help the Toffees keep hold of the ball and dominate possession, while it will also mean Jean-Philippe Gbamin won’t need to be rushed in if he isn’t ready, after he admitted struggling against Crystal Palace to Everton’s official channels.
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