According to an interview on Rádio Renascença via Sport Witness, a Portuguese doctor has claimed that Everton midfielder Andre Gomes could be facing up to five months out after suffering a devastating injury against Spurs.
The Toffees bagged a 97th-minute equaliser courtesy of Cenk Tosun, but the result was overshadowed by Gomes’ horrific-looking injury, with the midfielder being stretchered off ten minutes from full time.
Now, just a day after the incident, Portuguese doctor Henrique Jones has claimed on national radio that the Everton player could miss three to five months – with Gomes confirmed to be going through surgery this afternoon.
“Andre is young. Surgery, if successful, will bring about a 100% recovery,” explained Jones.
“He will surely have the mobility and functionality of the ankle without problems.
“From the moment the surgery is performed, the next step is to start recovering almost immediately.”
Jones, who reportedly has a particular expertise with football-related injuries, also claimed that the midfielder could be 100% fit in time for the European Championships next summer – but it’s also unlikely Everton will see him back to his best in the near future.
Indeed, this looks like a hammer blow for the Toffees and Gomes himself, but if Dr Jones’ statement is to be believed, there is a distinct possibility that this injury isn’t career-ending – which is a silver lining in itself considering how brutal it first appeared.
Still, in the short-term, the Toffees are likely to miss the former Barcelona man’s ability to drive from deep. As per WhoScored, the 26-year-old averages 1.4 dribbles, 0.8 key passes and 1 tackle per game. So, given the fact the team are currently struggling, it’s mixed news for the club in that he won’t be available for a while but could make a full recovery.
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