Marco Silva has revealed that Fabian Delph and Bernard are back in training but remain doubtful for Saturday’s game against Norwich, while also revealing that Andre Gomes is back at Finch Farm as he continues his long road back to recovery.
Delph has been sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered during the 1-1 draw against Tottenham at the start of the month, missing the win at Southampton before later withdrawing from the England squad for last weekend’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Bernard meanwhile suffered a knee injury at Brighton on October 26 and it was initially feared he could be sidelined for a considerable amount of time.
Fortunately, it appears the injury is not as serious as first thought and the medical team are working hard to get him back fit in time for Everton’s tortuous run of fixtures in December.
Whether they will be back in time for Saturday though remains to be seen, with the trip to Leicester on December 1 perhaps a more realistic time frame.
Speaking about Bernard and Delph, Silva told the official site:
“Let’s see if they will be available for the next match or not.
“They are still in doubt. Bernard started to work with the team but in the first days of the week not full sessions.
“He is getting his minutes and his time in the training session, each day he is doing a little bit more. Let’s see how he will react every day.
“Fabian Delph is more or less the same thing.
“We want is to get them better and ready as fast as we can, we are coming into a really tough period for us and we already have some long-term injuries, so it is really important to have the others in good conditions.”
Silva also revealed that Gomes is back with the rest of the squad as he begins his rehabilitation following that nasty ankle injury suffered against Tottenham.
The 26-year-old was allowed some time back at home in Portugal immediately after surgery but has since returned to Merseyside, with Silva says it is important the midfielder stays involved with the team as much as he can despite being unable to make it onto the training pitch.
“He has been with us since last Monday, here at Finch Farm.
“Every time he can see his teammates it is important for him.
“Now is the moment to be patient with him and give him support. Try to always give him good feedback and the support he needs.
“He is already at a different stage of his rehabilitation. With our medical staff and rehabilitation people, he will take care of himself.
“In the meantime, he is always with us. Not just on the pitch or at Finch Farm, but the support he is giving his teammates.”