JP Gbamin faces another three months on the sidelines for Everton after sustaining a set-back during his recovery process from long-term injury.

Having signed in the summer and featured in Everton’s first two games of the season against Crystal Palace and Watford, Gbamin has missed the last few months due to a thigh injury sustained in training.

Gbamin’s injury forced the Toffees to rely heavily on the fitness of Fabian Delph and Andre Gomes, and with the latter then becoming injured himself, the club suffered a string of negative Premier League results.

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While Marco Silva recently claimed that Gbamin was close to making his comeback, having returned to running in training, the Blues boss has been dealt a hammer blow with the Ivorian now remaining on the sidelines for another extended period of time.

Everton originally deemed surgery unnecessary for Gbamin’s recovery, but following a set-back the midfielder has now gone under the knife, meaning he won’t be available until after the New Year.

Everton will now focus on signing midfield reinforcements in January, according to the Liverpool Echo, as well as prioritising a centre-back.

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This really couldn’t have come at a worse time for both JP and for Everton, and Silva for that matter. Delph and Gomes have been relied on too heavily, and having Gbamin back would have eased the burden on their shoulders. Now though, it strikes fear into the hearts of Evertonians everywhere.

Tom Davies is the only person who should see the positive side in JP suffering a set-back. The midfielder needs to stake his claim, and should the club suffer another injury in that area of the field, Davies will need to step up.

Silva will now have to hope and pray that not only can his side turn their form around to save his job, but also that they remain relatively injury free while doing so.

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