Marco Silva says he will support Jean-Philippe Gbamin every day as the midfielder recovers from a muscle problem which will sideline him for a minimum of eight weeks.
Ivorian Gbamin sustained a quadriceps injury in training days after impressing on his full Everton debut in the 1-0 victory over Watford a fortnight ago.
Gbamin joined Everton from Mainz 05 in Germany last month and played his first game as a substitute at Crystal Palace on the Premier League’s opening day.
The 23-year-old spent three years with Mainz after starting with French club Lens, where he graduated through the academy.
Gbamin’s setback, then, represented a particularly untimely blow for the player, so soon after changing clubs and moving to a new country.
“It is really important that we support JP,” Silva told evertontv.
“We have to be there in the bad moments.
“When they [players] are in a good moment, you might just say ‘good morning’, and leave them to train and enjoy the day. That is enough.
“But when they are in a not-so-good moment, they need all the support we can give them, starting from me as manager, to all the staff and their teammates.”
Gbamin came to Everton with a CV boasting the better part of 200 senior club appearances. He has nine caps for his country and played at the Africa Cup of Nations this summer when Ivory Coast were quarter finalists.
The versatile player replaced Andre Gomes in a deep midfield position late in the first half of Everton’s scoreless draw with Palace.
Robust and efficient in possession, Gbamin filled the same anchoring role against Watford, growing into the game and proving a valuable asset as his side resisted the visitors’ late push for an equaliser.
He was back at Goodison to watch Everton beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 on Sunday, with manager Silva planning to keep Gbamin close to the team during his rehabilitation.
“It is a tough moment for him, not only the injury but because of the time he will be out the squad," added Silva, whose side climbed into the Premier League's top six following their weekend victory.
“It is up to us to give him all the support we can, not just to recover him as fast as possible – but the daily support for him to be optimistic about the situation, even in a tough moment.
“I am 100 per cent involved in the process.
“It is the worst thing for a football player when they are injured and cannot help the team or enjoy being at Finch Farm with their teammates every day.”
Silva revealed prior to the player’s injury how he was working overtime with Everton’s summer recruits to feed them information about their roles in the team.
And while Gbamin must temporarily put the brakes on his physical work, the player will continue studying his boss's footballing model, specifically his prospective part in it.
“The time out will help him in that way,” added Silva.
“He will see many of our matches. He will be present when we analyse [Everton’s performances] with his teammates, when we start to analyse our opponents and what we should do in our games.
“He will be present in all those moments and they will be chances for him to learn.”
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