Silva provides positive injury update on Gbamin
Everton manager Marco Silva has revealed midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin is back in training after recovering from a quadriceps injury.
Ivory Coast international Gbamin arrived at Goodison Park from Mainz in August this year for £25million, penning a five-year contract, and he made a good impression at the start of the season.
The 24-year-old looked good when coming off the bench in the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on the opening day of the campaign and that earned him a start in the 1-0 victory over Watford on August 17.
However, the midfielder, who started his professional career at Lens, has been on the sidelines since that win over the Hornets after injuring his quadriceps while taking a shot in training.
Gbamin has been working hard to get back to full fitness and, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Burnley, Silva has confirmed the summer arrival is back in light training.
“We saw him on the pitch for the first time this morning,” he said in his press conference on Thursday afternoon. “We’ll see how he reacts. It’s step-by-step, good to see him run.”
Silva also confirmed Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes, who has been missing from the side since he picked up a rib injury in the 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on September 1, is back in training at Finch Farm and available this weekend.
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England international Theo Walcott, who made his first start of the season against defending Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday after six substitute appearances, is also pushing to be named in the starting XI again.
The Everton trio of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, midfielder Fabian Delph and defender Michael Keane were all handed some good news on Thursday after they were named in England’s 25-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Pickford is facing a battle to keep hold of the gloves for the Three Lions, with Burnley stopper Nick Pope and Aston Villa’s Tom Heaton both pushing for a start.