Jean-Philippe Gbamin could return for Everton as early as next month, according to reports. The midfielder has had a torrid time with injuries.
Everton spent £25m on Jean-Philippe Gbamin in 2019. They probably wouldn’t have if they’d known that would get them 135 minutes from him over the next year-and-a-bit.
Gbamin made just two appearances last season before a thigh injury interrupted everything. He’d require two surgeries on it, in fact, before attempting a return ahead of the Premier League restart.
Then an Achilles injury struck. Original reports said the subsequent surgery would keep him out until 2021. It appears, however, that he could return ‘soon’.
The Liverpool Echo says that Carlo Ancelotti is ‘hoping’ that Gbamin can return to training soon. They say that late October or early November is on the cards, in fact.
That means the midfielder is currently scheduled to be back playing before the end of the year. Potentially as early as next month.
That could be wonderful news for Everton who are in a different situation to a year ago. Back in 2019, they needed Gbamin but their summer business buffed their midfield.
Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan both came in as first-team players. There is no need to rush Gbamin, then, and if the Toffees take their time, he could be fully fit and firing well before the season ends.
And that would leave them with quite a formidable midfield. The options there are quite fantastic if Ancelotti wants a combative midfield – and he appears to – so it’s no wonder he’s hoping for Gbamin’s imminent return.
Gbamin and Everton are certainly due a break on this one. Hopefully, they get it before the end of the year.