The midfielder, who has joined the Merseysiders on a season-long loan from Barcelona, revealed in a Twitter exchange with a supporter of the Blues that he is still working his way back from the hamstring injury he sustained earlier in the summer.
Gomes explained he will “sadly” not be fit for Everton’s Premier League opener against Wolves tomorrow evening (Saturday) and it will be “three more weeks probably” before he can make his debut.
Sadly no! 3 more weeks probably but time will tell. Working my ass off to be ready as soon as possible ????????
— André Gomes (@aftgomes) August 10, 2018
It is disappointing for Toffees they will not see the central midfielder in action until September but the good news is he is on the mend and should be available for selection after the first international break of the campaign. Certainly, the prospect of the classy Portugese pinging through balls to fellow new boys Richarlison and Bernard, as well as January signings Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott, is a lip-smacking one for Everton fans after a fairly miserable 2017-18 season marked by sterile football and frustration on the terraces. Gomes was available after failing to nail down a starting role at the Camp Nou, and he could prove to be a bargain capture given that his loan fee is just £2million. The likelihood is that the 25-year-old will be paired with Idrissa Gueye in central midfield when he is fit and firing. Should he recapture the form that persuaded Barcelona to pay £30million for him two years ago, he could be a sensation.