Gomes back in first-team training

Tuesday, 28 January, 2020 66comments  |  Jump to last

André Gomes has resumed training with Everton's first-team squad just 86 days after suffering a horrendous fracture dislocation of his ankle.

The Portuguese's season looked to be over when he went down in agony under an ill-advised, lunging tackle from Tottenham's Son Hueng-Min in a Premier League clash between the two clubs in November and, initially, there were fears for his career.

However, Gomes rejoined his team-mates for selected sessions at Finch Farm today, marking the next phase of a remarkably swift recovery following surgery to repair his broken ankle and the subsequent rehabilitation.

Gomes had returned to the Blues' Halewood training complex a fortnight ago after spending some of his recuperation time in Portugal and he tweeted, "Good to be at home! Love for you all," as he was reunited with a team that has missed his presence in central midfield.

An exact timetable for his return to first-team action has not been revealed by the club but more information is expected from Carlo Ancelotti when he takes his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of this weekend's trip to Watford.

Note: This report originally stated that Gomes was back in full training but this is obviously not the case and has been corrected above.  

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Brian Harrison
1 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:02:54
Good news to see him back training albeit nowhere near playing in a competitive match as yet. I was reading Stan Collymore saying he had the sme injury and had a plate fitted in his ankle, and he was back playing 6 weeks after the injury. I am sure Ancelotti cant wait to have him back playing, and he will have Gbamin back in a few weeks.
Brian Williams
2 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:11:18
I'm guessing at beginning of March. Just hope he doesn't rush back and do himself irreperable damage.
Tom Barton
3 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:13:17
Fuck, almost as good looking as me :-)
Jim Bennings
4 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:20:38
Three weeks training then he should be making the bench for Arsenal away on February 22nd or Manchester United on March 1st.

I think that's a pretty fair expectation really isn't it?

Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:22:10
Hopefully he won't have any setbacks. A lot of times your body can over compensate and mess up other muscles as one part is recovering. But it's fantastic to see him back. Not so long ago that would have been career ending or even crippling for life. I still cringe when I think about that Spurs game. Horrible, horrible injury for anyone to endure.
Duncan McDine
6 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:31:28
Great news!! Rylan will be back just in time for our big push towards a top 4 finish.
Jay Harris
7 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:43:21
Although he is training with the first team it was my understanding that he wasnt in "full" first team training.

As I understand it he has to go off on personalised training during certain sessions.

Sorry to be pedantic but I don't want us to raise our expectations too much.

If you are right I stand corrected.

Steve Ferns
8 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:51:12
He's not in full training at all. The official site said he's with the first team in selected sessions. I envisage this to be non-contact stuff. I thought it too early for ball work but the pictures clearly show otherwise.

I would suggest April for a return and if he's back beforehand then it's a bonus.

I would really just be happy that the “old” Gomes is fit and ready for pre-season.

Jay Evans
9 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:56:34
Welcome back Andre.

As desperate as we are for numbers in central midfield, let's think about the bigger picture.

Liverpool 87/No Rush.

Nick Page
10 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:58:15
Stunned he's back in training. Stunned! I had an Osteochondral fracture of the ankle back in October, and had major ligament reconstruction last week (I hit a kerb out running) and won't be running again until July. And this is with private med. Unbelievable job they've done with Gomes. Good luck to him.
Graham Hammond
11 Posted 28/01/2020 at 18:12:08
Nick at 10. Sorry to hear about your injuries mate, really bad luck there, you must have been gutted, I would have been really down about that one. I was out for over eight months last year with Achilles and Calf shit but managed to run (plod!) again in Helsby on January 19th so onwards and upwards for you too hopefully. Sounds nasty what you have been through. All the very best Andre Gomes, I hope you are able to make a full recovery and shine going forward.
Paul Birmingham
12 Posted 28/01/2020 at 18:24:27
Nick@10, best of luck ma8, with your recovery from injury.

Yep this is a miracle for Gomes to be back in training so soon.

Hopefully, hopefully, he will come back the same, and more as a player for EFC.

Nick Page
13 Posted 28/01/2020 at 18:27:35
Thanks lads. When you pick up a serious injury you realise what these pro athletes have to go through - it's torture. Although they do have round the clock professional care (physios etc). I'm still amazed he's running. It looked so bad when he did it. Gbamin's injury must be really serious.
Steve Ferns
14 Posted 28/01/2020 at 18:32:28
Speedy recovery Nick.

Gbamin's injury is something of a mystery. The club downplayed it. Rumours from an "in the know" type were that his thigh "exploded". The latter would explain why he had surgery before Gomes got injured and he seems to now be behind him in recovery terms despite a horror injury suffered by Gomes. Every injury is different though.

Nick Page
15 Posted 28/01/2020 at 19:01:41
Whilst we're talking all things Everton, here's a little clip for you all to enjoy. Shows how consistent we've been. Notice the neighbours creeping up the table. Also highlights how incredibly lucky they have been with timing - like this season - considering how close we still are and Arsenal are yet don't have their European “rep” which the media created.
Bill Gienapp
16 Posted 28/01/2020 at 19:27:08
Would be great if we could get a decent look at how Gomes and Gbamin pair in midfield together before the end of the season.
Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 28/01/2020 at 19:33:57
Nick #10 and Graham #11, my sympathies. I did my Achilles last June with a slide tackle (age 63 tackling a 19-year-old, how stupid is that??!), and I'm still in the boot so not likely to play this season either. Arggh.

Steve #14, Gbamin would have been better off if he'd broken the leg. A major connective tissue injury like a ruptured quadriceps tendon takes much longer to heal than a bone, and full recovery generally takes a full year. NBA star Victor Oladipo returns to the court tomorrow night for the first time, exactly 53 weeks after incurring the same injury. And he will play only a few minutes a game for a while. I would be absolutely shocked if we see Gbamin this season.

Furthermore, full recovery is not assured. Another NBA superstar, Tony Parker, returned seven months after his ruptured quad, but he was never quite the same and retired last June.

Brian Williams
18 Posted 28/01/2020 at 19:43:34
Steve #14, Gbamin would have been better off if he'd broken the leg.
That's exactly what the consultant said when it happened to me although I had some strands still attached and avoided surgery.
I was off work for six months and it's never "quite" been the same.
If Gbamin's needed surgery then it's obviously been even worse.
He has age on his side and the fact that he's an extremely fit athlete but there's no guarantee with a quad rupture, which I think is what he's had.
Fingers crossed for him and us!
Eddie Dunn
19 Posted 28/01/2020 at 19:50:54
Nick, thanks for that, I have shared it with my 6-a-side group, lots of the under 30's have no idea of pre-prem days.
Mike Gaynes
20 Posted 28/01/2020 at 19:52:17
Brian, did you do that on the pitch, mate? I've heard the rumours of your savage tackling.
Peter Hopkins
21 Posted 28/01/2020 at 19:56:56
Mike @20,it's not his savage tackling,it's his savage tackle you've heard about!
I wouldn't play either of them again this season maybe some cameos from the bench,get them both fit and ready for next season
Brian Williams
22 Posted 28/01/2020 at 19:56:59
I did mate. It was the last time I played competitively.

Peter. Shhhhhh, thats a secret. 🤪

Lyndon Lloyd
23 Posted 28/01/2020 at 19:57:55
Jay (7), you are correct. I meant to reinforce the fact that he was back training with the first-team (i.e. not solely on an individual regimen anymore) and not infer that he was taking part in full contact sessions as it is obviously too soon for that. The term "full" was obviously incorrect and I've amended the article accordingly.
Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:09:31
Well, Brian, at least you went out on your shield, my friend.
Steve Ferns
25 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:19:16
Gbamin definitely had surgery. So, it's bad news to hear about the NBA stars who never recovered. What were their ages? Gbamin is only 24, so would that make a difference? One problem I see is a lot of Gbamin's game is based on his pace. If he loses that pace, he would not be the same player. Imagine Gueye if he was slow, he'd not be the same player either.
Graham Hammond
26 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:20:03
Mike at 17. Way to go! Someone has to lead by example and show the Everton Midfield 'stars' it is actually ok to actually put a tackle in every now and then. Make sure you get the 20-year-old when you are 64 and hopefully fully recovered. Age is just a number (as long as you don't look in the mirror!) as Gareth Barry showed for us only quite recently. Get well soon mate, you have a lot on your plate right now.
Mike Gaynes
27 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:27:16
Steve #25, of course age always matters. Oladipo was 26 and at the absolute peak of his powers when injured a year ago. Parker was 37 and on the downside anyway. So at 24 youth is definitely on Gbamin's side.

Eddie Dunn
28 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:27:20
Mike -I remember you telling us about the NBA stars at the time of the injury. It sounds like a long road back for the young fellow.
Hasn't ToffeeWeb got some bad injuries...some would say it is us who are cursed- not the club!
Mike Gaynes
29 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:32:27
Eddie, look at it this way, we battling TWers never want to give up the game! Old farts still trundling around the pitch. And the injuries are just our way of bragging about it.

It's all about perspective. Brian and I have both been through lots worse.

Steve Ferns
30 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:35:21
Did my ankle at 18 Mike. I couldn't play at all by 26, not even 5-a-side.
Mike Gaynes
31 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:45:56
That's too young, Steve. A promising career blighted. But obviously law school was an excellent second choice.
Steve Ferns
32 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:50:27
Nothing promising about my career Mike! I can assure you, although I did play in the Cheshire Cup final in 2002. I just had a lot of heart and good engine, which I can still put to good use when out cycling instead. Much easier sport on the ankles, especially with clip-in pedals.
Mike Gaynes
33 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:54:08
I remember reading about that game, Steve! I believe the Express gave you a 6 out of 10 for a fine effort in a losing cause.
Nicholas Ryan
34 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:57:54
Don't want to dampen the mood, but, as I've said on an earlier thread: I suffered the same injury as Gomes, playing in a student footy match [bizarrely, against a team of doctors!]. I still have some pain and discomfort in the ankle, which occasionally 'gives way'.
When did I suffer this injury? .... 40 years ago!!
Steve Ferns
35 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:02:30
Mike we won 2-1. I got the second in the dying minutes as I raced forward (I played left back) with the score at 1-0 to us, to loads of shouts of abuse from my teammates for vacating my position. Our only forward player (and only decent player) had taken the ball form a cleared corner and was tackled, the ball was cleared to me. I was knackered and took about two touches and leathered it and it went in. I aimed for the other side of the goal, but I'll take it. You'll note I said we won 2-1 and it was now 2-0. Well I did a full Klinsmann dive (never done one before or since) in front of the 100+ mates and family we had coached over from college, and was winded! So straight from the re-start the right winger skinned me, sent in a cross and they scored so it was 2-1 and my goal was cancelled out! I still claim it as the winner!
Mike Gaynes
36 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:09:18
Steve, thanks for correcting my memory. It was 8 out of 10 in the Express.

Still got the winner's medal? What a moment to savor.

I never had a moment like that, although I did play some semipro (Jim Standen, former Hammer, was a teammate). But I played for a Cup so obscure I don't remember what it was called -- over-30 league in New England. In the second half the heat got to me and I puked in front of 2000 laughing fans, most embarrassing moment I've ever had in a game. But I scored twice late to win it... swerved a corner directly into the top corner, then a header at the near post.

Andy Crooks
37 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:14:11
Does the pace of the game today make injuries worse? Back in the day, a player broke his leg, needed a cartilage op( bad one, that) done his collar bone( usually self inflicted) or had a "strain".
I think hamstrings only got discovered in the early nineties. Players managed perfectly well without them back in the day. When is the last time you saw a player finish a game with his arm in a sling? Or on crutches for that matter. Softies the lot of them.
Steve Ferns
38 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:18:07
No Mike, I won't say what happened that night but it involved copious amounts of alcohol and I didn't make it home before most people were having their lunch.
Christy Ring
39 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:20:27
Unbelievable to see Gomes back training so soon, credit to him, and the medical team. Gbamin back training as well, so be great to see them playing together, and blossoming, in the not too distant future, especially as they were the first choice pairing in the summer.
Ray Robinson
40 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:23:48
Andy, don't you remember our own Tricky Trevor getting quite a few hamstring injuries in the 80's?
Joe Corgan
41 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:57:05
Having done some research into the exact type of injury sustained by Gomes and taking into account that he's a professional athlete, I predicted in the days after the Spurs game, that he should be back in first team contention towards the end of February.

At the moment it looks like he's roughly on course for that. Let's hope there are no setbacks along the way or that he's rushed back too soon.

Tony Everan
42 Posted 28/01/2020 at 22:00:12
Fantastic news, Both Andre and the medical team have worked wonders. Don't take any chances and rush back, come back strong.
Gerry Ring
43 Posted 28/01/2020 at 22:06:49
At last, things are looking up, Gomes back in training & slippy Gerrard's Scottish title hopes suffer a major blow against the bottom team. 😂😂😂
Mike Oates
44 Posted 28/01/2020 at 23:05:20
Comparing notes - played 11 aside twice a week at decent levels in Liverpool, Wirral when16-40yr old, lots of cuts, minor knocks, slight muscle tears, then moved 300 miles south and took up 5 a side, then ankle ligaments, 3 times, knee cartilage op, torn calf, torn hamstring, and finally a seized 4/5th back vertebrae retired me at 64 (by then in over 50's league). Took up walking football last year, lasted 2 months and packed it in, boring as hell, but.

During my 20's one of our lads had serious quadriceps tear and never came back, got walking, running but couldn't kick the ball with any power, felt it every time he tried kicking it

Gordon Adie
45 Posted 28/01/2020 at 23:32:38
Ankle injuries are never fully resolved, the weakness will always be there in the background. I base this on a workmate who turned his ankle, just a wee tweak. That wee tweak still sees him limping to this day and this guy is no snowflake.
Neil Copeland
46 Posted 28/01/2020 at 23:40:56
Talking of football injuries, I tore my cruciate knee ligaments in my mid twenties. Never really played again other than in goal. 30 years later it's really giving me problems and been told I need to have surgery to sort the joint out (now got acute arthritis).

For Gomes to be anywhere near a football so soon after such a horrific injury is remarkable. As others have said, would rather he took his time so we have ready for pre-season.

Si Cooper
47 Posted 29/01/2020 at 03:11:52
I don't think this is necessarily miraculous or remarkable. Dislocated ankles can actually look worse than they turn out to be. I know because I had one over 35 years ago. It looked looked extremely bad with my foot shunted approximately 4 inches over from the bottom of my shin and hanging at a weird angle.
It all depends on how much damage is done to the ligaments and cartilage; if they are not too bad and the ankle goes back in place neatly then recovery can be about the same as for a clean break.
I had a busted fibula as well and everything was reset under general anaesthetic. I was fortunate because the surgeon didn't have to put in any pins as he had thought he might need to. Full leg cast on for 10 weeks and when they cut that off I wasn't even offered a stick to replace the antwacky crutches I'd been using up until then.
I wasn't a superstar sportsman so had no special attention but was still able to start running on it about 16 weeks after the original injury. With the improvements in medicine and the specialists Andre will have access to I'm not hugely surprised at 12 weeks for him as long as the initial surgery was successful for him.
Recovery from sports injuries has improved massively in the last 30 years.
David Ellis
48 Posted 29/01/2020 at 03:38:14
Any tips on how to recover from a vicious paper cut I suffered in the office this morning?
Brian Cleveland
49 Posted 29/01/2020 at 03:49:07
Amputation David, sorry.
Jack Convery
50 Posted 29/01/2020 at 09:57:03
Very pleased for him.
Dale Rose
51 Posted 29/01/2020 at 10:26:44
Great news.
Tom Bowers
52 Posted 29/01/2020 at 12:49:40
Hopefully he will be back soon but not before he is 100% fit and ready. If anything I would leave him until the Summer if he is not needed. Too many players with ''bad'' injuries are rushed back and are not ''mentally'' ready.
Daniel A Johnson
53 Posted 29/01/2020 at 13:13:50
I still feel bitter and angry towards Son, for his assault and the crocodile tears and the public cry of support for pure old innocent Son. He's not that type of player remember.

Anyway enough of my bitterness, great news on Gomes.

I need him back for next season my Mrs is a lot more agreeable to me watching the football on the telly when he's playing. She seems to take an interest …...well in a certain player anyway.

Peter Warren
54 Posted 29/01/2020 at 14:47:13
Muscle injuries are a nightmare. Achilles (from footy of course m) for me (both). Can be fine but then flare up. Problem as someone mentioned is other muscles over compensate and can get other issues. Getting older and fatter doesn't assist either.
Jamie Crowley
55 Posted 29/01/2020 at 15:27:59
Daniel @ 53 -

My bitterness towards Son will never, ever die. Premeditated, chased him down seeing red.

Some time in the future, I don't know when or how, cosmic juju will rear it's ugly head at Mr. Son.

It's a minor miracle Gomes is not only walking and running, but back in training at the highest level of professional football in the world. Unbelievable.

Paul Tran
56 Posted 29/01/2020 at 15:33:56
Yes, Jamie. Pity Peter Reid won't be playing in our next game against Spurs. You know what he'd do .
Jim Harrison
57 Posted 29/01/2020 at 15:45:54
Jamie 55

With you. And the “nice guy” stuff? He has 3 red cards (one rescinded) in the past two seasons. All for retaliation

He's a shit head

Kim Vivian
58 Posted 29/01/2020 at 17:11:32
Is this rumour about us rejecting an 䀁m bid from Barca for Richy true? Anyone heard it?
Kim Vivian
59 Posted 30/01/2020 at 07:46:25
Ignore that.
Question answered about half an hour later by Lyndon's piece!
Mick Roberts
60 Posted 30/01/2020 at 15:30:27
its no coincidence that our form has nosedived since his injury hugely missed welcome back
John Chambers
61 Posted 30/01/2020 at 17:59:37
Here is an article describing what Gbamin has had https://www.verywellhealth.com/torn-quadriceps-tendon-2548652
Mike Gaynes
62 Posted 30/01/2020 at 18:02:44
Bit of encouragement re Gbamin... NBA star Victor Oladipo played his first game back last night after a 53-week absence with the same injury, and he was spectacular. So full recovery is obviously possible.
Laurie Hartley
63 Posted 30/01/2020 at 20:55:52
I just watched him in this clip back in training. It speaks for itself. The medical staff have done an amazing job.


He will make a huge difference when he is back in the side. Very good news.

Richard Tarbuck
64 Posted 04/02/2020 at 11:03:04
I had the exact same injury about 40 years ago, and it took me 18 months to get back playing. It shows you how far medical teams have moved on since then.

I still have problems now with the ankle, maybe I need to stop playing, I am 65 now!!!!

Just kidding — stopped playing when I got married, women will never understand.

Jamie Crowley
65 Posted 13/02/2020 at 22:28:59
Wasn't sure where to put this, but if anyone's not seen this, Andre is a gem of a guy by all indications.


Jason Wilkinson
66 Posted 13/02/2020 at 22:56:10

Powerful stuff that link. Brought a tear of joy to my eyes.

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