Unlucky Everton midfielder suffers yet another injury setback

Date published: Monday 12th April 2021 6:19 - Rob McCarthy

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Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s injury nightmare continues after a knee injury in training ruled him out of the squad to face Brighton on Monday evening.

The Frenchman made only his third appearance for the club since signing in August 2019 as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace last Monday – 597 days after his previous outing.

However, the Toffees have confirmed the 25-year-old sustained a contact knee injury in preparation for the evening kick-off at the Amex Stadium and will not be part of the squad to face the Seagulls.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti said the £25million signing is set to undergo a scan in London on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury.

Gbamin has had horrendous luck during his time at Goodison Park as a thigh problem two games into the 2019-20 campaign sidelined him for months and then, as his comeback gathered pace last May, he suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury.

The club have been cautious with his recovery but he was deemed fit enough to rejoin the squad last week, only for his injury jinx to strike again.

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Everton warned over striker chase

Everton have been warned that AC Milan forward Rafael Leao is not for sale, unless €50m is put on the table this summer, claims a report.

Leao joined Milan in 2019 from Lille for €28m, but struggled during his initial spell at the San Siro. His fortunes have improved though and the 21-year-old has scored six goals and created five assists in 23 Serie A games this season. According to Calciomercato, Milan are convinced they have a diamond in Leao.

They state that Leao “is not on the market” unless “a proposal exceeding 50m” arrives for the Portugal Under-21 star.

The same Italian outlet Calciomercato (as cited by Sport Witness) reported in January that Everton were weighing up a move for AC Milan forward Leao.

The report even claimed the Toffees have put a €30m offer on the table, ahead of the window closing on February 1. Calcio did however claim at the time that Milan would want a “much higher’” fee.

Juventus have also registered an in interest in the forward while Leao, who is under contract until 2024, was with Sporting.

Leeds have also shown an interest in the striker.  According to Gianluca di Marzio, Leao was on their summer shortlist in 2020. In fact, the source claimed Leeds had already done groundwork on a deal.


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