Medical expert 'surprised' by Tom Davies after new Everton training ground update
It was a surprise to see Everton favourite Tom Davies on the bench against Chelsea last Saturday (30 April).
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Davies, 23, suffered a knee injury in November last year before his return was further delayed by a hamstring problem that required surgery.
The Finch Farm academy graduate had previously stated that he did not expect to play again this season.
But as relayed by the Liverpool Echo last Thursday (28 April), Davies has returned to team training.
The midfielder was an unused substitute for the Toffees’ vital 1-0 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park last weekend.
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Dinnery admitted that he was surprised to see Davies was included.
“Realistically, he was nowhere near a starting berth against Chelsea,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“He wasn’t named in the 25-man squad that was submitted at the beginning of February. I had written him off for the season, so this surprised me.
“But when they let Jean-Phillippe Gbamin leave on loan, that freed up a space.
“He seems to have been around a long, long time but he’s still young. He’s well-liked with the fans there.“
Davies has scored once and supplied one assist in seven appearances this season.
Frank Lampard’s side face Leicester City on Sunday (8 May) and trail Leeds United and Burnley by two points in the fight for Premier League survival.