Gomes thankful to Everton support


Everton midfielder Andre Gomes has thanked the club's fans for their support as he battles to overcome a serious ankle injury.

Gomes has been a revelation since joining from Barcelona in the summer of 2018, turning his initial loan into a permanent deal in July.

The Portuguese continued to be the heartbeat of the side this term but was struck down by injury earlier this month following what looked a fairly innocuous tackle from Tottenham’s Son Heung-min and subsequent collision with Serge Aurier.

Gomes has now started his road to recovery at Everton’s training ground, Finch Farm, and says he has been inundated with correspondence from the Toffees’ fanbase.

The club confirmed after his operation earlier this month that everything had gone to plan, meaning he is expected to make a full recovery.

Those words will have been little consolation to a player who is still unsure if he will return before the end of the campaign.

Everton have won at Southampton and lost at Norwich since his setback and the pressure is growing on compatriot and boss, Marco Silva.

There is a real possibility that Gomes has featured in his final game under Silva but the bond he has with the fans suggests the player himself will be going nowhere.

The former Valencia playmaker admits he has been touched by the response following his injury and has vowed to use the letters sent to him as inspiration in his bid to battle back from injury.

“I have a lot of letters here, I will try to take my time at home just to read everything,” he told the club website. “Honestly guys, it’s almost impossible to put into words. I feel sensitive and emotional because of what you have done for me.

“I just need to thank you all. It’s emotion. And I will be back stronger for sure. To everyone, thank you.”