“In my opinion, he’s ready to play”: Carlo Ancelotti will talk to Andre Gomes before deciding whether to throw the Everton man in Arsenal clash while the midfielder prepares for the return of a horrible ankle injury
- Andre Gomes suffered a horrible fracture in his ankle on November 3
- The Everton midfielder has passed Sunday’s game in the Emirates
- He completed 60 minutes of friendly behind-closed doors last weekend
- Carlo Ancelotti admitted that he had not seen a faster recovery from an injury
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti will check if Andre Gomes is mentally ready for a return to action against Arsenal.
Gomes suffered a horrible fracture in his ankle on November 3, but was made fit for Sunday’s game in the Emirates after completing 60 minutes of a friendly behind-closed doors last weekend and training this week.
“Andre is available to play,” Ancelotti told a press conference before the game. ‘He has trained well, well, with confidence and without problems and is, in my opinion, ready to play.
Andre Gomes from Everton suffered a horrible fracture in his ankle on November 3
“Before the game, we will talk together and decide whether he can start the game or go on the couch.”
Asked if Gomes should recover both mentally and physically, Ancelotti added: ‘This is personal, really personal. It is really important for me to talk to him.
‘What I saw during the training was full of confidence, without a problem, he wasn’t afraid to have contact with teammates, but I think it’s really important to talk to him. If he is confident, he can play without problems in my opinion. “
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti will check if Andre Gomes is mentally ready
Ancelotti admitted that he had not seen a quicker recovery from such a serious injury during his long career, and added: “But I think it is not surprising that I know the people who work here in the medical department. They did a fantastic job.
“I think the most important part was what they could do on the field when he had the injury. That was the most important part of his recovery. “
Everton has gained 17 points from the eight Ancelotti games – a return that was only improved by close neighbors and runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool (24) in the same period – to come within five points of the Champions League places.
However, their European qualifications are now faced with a rigorous test with Sunday’s game in Arsenal, followed by home games against Manchester United and Liverpool, with a trip to Chelsea in between.
Gomes suffered a horrible ankle injury when Everton played back on November 3
“Of course we have to focus on Arsenal, but if we want to think of Europe, there are very important games after Arsenal,” Ancelotti added.
“We have to play against United, Chelsea and Liverpool. After these four games we can see what will happen in Europe.
“This is really an important game against a strong team away, but we must have faith to do our best and try to win.
“I know that Arsenal has improved a lot in recent times, they have more confidence, they play better, so it will be difficult, but the spirit of the team is good and we have confidence.”