We covered the fact that Andre Gomes made a comeback to the Everton team last weekend after coming on from the bench during the Toffees’ 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.
Gomes suffered a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle during Tottenham’s clash against Everton back in November and it was initially suspected that he would be out of action for the remainder of the season (Daily Mail).
On first viewing, it appeared that Heung-min Son’s challenge on the Portuguese was a nasty one but replays from an alternate angle showed that, while he did fly in, the contact was minimal.
Gomes was knocked off balance by a clip from the South Korean and the real damage was done when he landed awkwardly on the Goodison Park turf after the challenge.
However, the 26-year-old was back on the field for Carlo Ancelotti’s side less than four months after suffering the major injury scare.
On his return to first-team action, the former Barcelona man thanked his fellow players and the fans for the support he received during his rehabilitation (Daily Mail).
The Portuguese midfielder has now opened up on how he was able to get back to return to full fitness considerably ahead of schedule.
He revealed that he didn’t set a particular return date and pushed himself to get back as quickly as he could.
Speaking to Everton’s official website, Gomes said: “We did not set a time to be back, so I just tried to push to my limit.
“The way the team got me involved in the game was really good and from the first minute I came on it was marvellous.
“It is my first time playing with the manager but we have been working together for the past four weeks.
“It was a hard moment until yesterday [the day before playing against Arsenal]. I did my best to be back as soon as possible.
“And, again, I want to thank everybody. The club was spectacular with me. I need to thank the supporters for that welcome – and all the people around me for the support they gave me.”
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When players suffer injuries such as the one Gomes did that puts them out for an extended spell, they sometimes struggle to reach the same level they were at before. So the Portuguese midfielder can certainly count his lucky stars that the injury didn’t turn out to be as bad as initially feared.
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