Andre Gomes is reportedly pushing to have some involvement for Everton against Arsenal this weekend (Sky Sports), following a remarkable recovery a horror ankle injury.
Just over three months ago, the Portugal international was left writhing in agony at Goodison Park against Tottenham Hotspur after getting his foot stuck in the turf and then careering into Serge Aurier.
Gomes suffered an horrific fracture-dislocation, and the early speculation was that the player would not be seen again this season.
The gruesome images of Gomes’ foot are difficult to shake from the memory, which is why it is incredible that, in February, the former Barcelona star is already poised to make his comeback.
The reactions from all Gomes’ fellow professionals that day make it a borderline miracle that he is back so soon.
It can be argued that Gomes trotting out again for the Toffees could do wonders for the team psychologically.
TBR’s view – Gomes return could be massive for Everton
When he does take to the field, whether that be against Arsenal at the weekend or against Manchester United on March 3, Gomes is going to get a fantastic reception from the crowd.
His teammates and the supporters that adore him fully expected him not to play again this season, and so to see him out there just three months after the incident is sure to provide everyone at the club with a massive mental boost.
To have seen the popular star’s face overcome with anguish that day will have been awful for his teammates, and so having him back in the picture fit and healthy again must be thrilling.
Gomes is undoubtedly one of Everton’s best players, and having him in the team again is likely to inspire everyone else around him.
His return is something that has the potential to breathe new life into Carlo Ancelotti’s side and significantly boost the Toffees’ hopes of Europe.