Darren Bent has admitted he is worried Everton midfielder Andre Gomes may never get back to his best after recovering from an ankle injury.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker backed the 27-year-old to work hard to regain the physical attributes he has lost.
Gomes sustained a serious ankle injury after a tackle from Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son in November 2019.
He returned to action in February of this year and has played a key role for Carlo Ancelotti’s side since his return.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Gomes admitted he had suffered a couple of minor injury setbacks during his comeback from his major ankle blow and that he was still trying to reach “100 per cent”.
Asked if Gomes would ever get back to his best, Bent told Football Insider: “I’m a big fan of him and since he’s had the injury he’s never quite been the same, which is understandable, it was a big, big injury.
“So for myself, you hope to see it again but you’re not sure if you ever will. All he can keep doing is keep working hard and try get himself back in there because he has a lot of quality. That won’t leave him.
“The quality on the ball, being comfortable in possession, that’s not what’s going to leave him.
“It’s obviously the physical attributes, getting around the pitch and stuff like that. I hope he stays with it, I hope he keeps working hard because eventually, his fitness will come, hopefully.”