By Paul Robinson

16th Feb, 2020 | 4:17pm

'Like a brand new signing' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson reacts to big Everton development today

Paul Robinson was overjoyed at the news Andre Gomes would make his return for Everton after his “freak injury” earlier this season. 

The former England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said the return of the 26-year-old would be “like a brand new signing” for Carlo Ancelotti.

The attacking midfielder suffered a fractured dislocation to his ankle following a challenge from Son Heung-min in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw on November 3rd.

The incident at Goodison Park was expected to keep Gomes out for the rest of the season but BBC Sport claim he is making his comeback in a practice match behind closed doors today.

The former Spurs and Leeds shot-stopper was stunned by how quickly the Portugal international recovered.

“It is a boost for everybody,” Robinson told Football Insider“It was such a bad injury.

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“The world of football stood up and took notice.

“Such a freak injury and a really bad one for him at his age. To be able to come back as quickly as he has and to be able to play again you have to give a lot of credit to his professionalism and his dedication because it would have been easy to say, ‘That is it. I have had enough’.

“Under Ancelotti, he will be a great addition for them. To have him back in the reckoning over the coming months, for Ancelotti, it will be like a brand-new signing. They have not worked together yet.”

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has not been able to use the former Barcelona player yet having only joined the club himself on the 21st of December.

Gomes has missed 105 days of football for Everton so far this season but if his return goes smoothly he could feature against at the Emirates next week.

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