Danny Mills has claimed that the comeback of Andre Gomes is a huge boost for everyone at the Everton training ground.
The former Leeds United and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said the entire playing and backroom staff will have been thrilled to see the midfielder back in action.
The 26-year-old played 60 minutes on his return from injury in a behind-closed-door fixture involving a mix of Everton’s first team and under-23 players.
💙 | Brilliant news on @aftgomes' involvement in today's behind-closed-doors friendly at USM Finch Farm!
— Everton (@Everton) February 16, 2020
Gomes had been out since the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on November 3rd at Goodison Park. A challenge involving Heung Son-min resulted in the Portuguese midfielder fracturing and dislocating his ankle.
When asked how the return of Gomes would affect Carlo Ancelotti’s side, Mills, whose son is at the Everton academy, told Football Insider: “I think it is great when you see a player that has been so influential.
“When a player has a horrific injury, comes back and starts playing – it is just a good feeling. Everyone feels happy for him.
“Coming back and seeing him put a shirt on – even if it is behind closed doors. You will not see it directly but the whole training ground, the staff – it is a shot in the arm for everybody when a player comes back from a long-term injury.”
The former Barcelona player was reported to have suffered no issues during Sunday’s game and will continue to train with the first team in preparation for Sunday’s trip to the Emirates.
The game is of great significance with Ancelotti’s side currently two points ahead of tenth-placed Arsenal in eighth position.