Everton Manager Discusses Gomes Plan And Gbamin Latest

Carlo Ancelotti says Andre Gomes remains on target to return to first-team action against Arsenal on Sunday 23 February and revealed the Portuguese will feature in a friendly game one week before that clash as he bids to regain match fitness.

The Italian added he is hopeful Jean-Philippe Gbamin will be available before the end of the season after undergoing a further procedure on his quadriceps.

Midfielder Gomes returned to first-team training last week as he steps up his rehabilitation from ankle surgery. 

After Everton face Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Saturday (12.30pm), the Blues have a two-week Premier League break before taking on Arsenal. Ancelotti explained how Gomes is set to feature in a behind-closed-doors game on Sunday 16 February as he eyes a return to the matchday squad at Emirates Stadium.

"With Gomes, we are going to organise a friendly game [during the break]," he said. "Everything is okay with him.

"The plan for Gbamin is [to return] eight weeks after the surgery.


"The surgery went well and now he is doing individual treatment.

"With him, we have to go slowly because the injury was big. Step by step, we will see how he is going. Of course, we hope to recover him before the end of the season."

Ancelotti also looked ahead to Sunday's historic women's Merseyside derby, when Goodison Park will host a WSL clash between Everton and Liverpool for the first time (kick-off 2pm).

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KIRK AND CHRISTIANSEN ON 'SPECIAL' GOODISON DERBY

Pair urge Evertonians to back team in force.


Ancelotti, who recently took in an Everton Women's training session at USM Finch Farm and gave the Toffees players a pep talk, urged supporters to back Willie Kirk's team in numbers at the Grand Old Lady

“It will be fantastic," Ancelotti said. "I saw them training last week.

“They are fit and ready and, with the support of our fans, I’m sure they can win.”

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