Andre Gomes returns 86 days after horror ankle break

first_img Loading… Gomes made a step up in his rehabilitation when he undertook a session in the gym with a club physio on January 16 at the club’s Finch Farm base. Ancelotti was pleased with Gomes at that stage but will be growing more hopeful he can use him before the season draws to a close. ‘It is good news. He is doing well in his recovery,’ Ancelotti said recently, after he returned to gym sessions. ‘It is going fast, so I hope as soon as possible he can be with us, because he’s a fantastic player.’ Read AlsoEverton dedicate first away win of the season to Gomes Gomes, signed permanently from Barcelona in the summer after impressing on-loan last season, suffered the injury after a tackle from Son Heung-min on November 3 at Goodison Park. The South Korean was sent off and was in tears as he left the pitch, though his red card was later rescinded on appeal FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 10 Nations That Are Most Difficult To InvadeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennycenter_img Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was given a major boost on Tuesday as Andre Gomes joined in with training just 86 days on from his ankle break. Gomes looked likely to be out for the remainder of the campaign when he sustained the horror injury at Goodison Park in November against Tottenham. But the 26-year-old is defying expectations and continues to recover ahead of schedule as he wore a smile during Tuesday’s training session. While the club confirmed that Gomes joined in for ‘small sections’ of the session on Tuesday, it is a welcome boost to team-mates and supporters that the star midfielder is ahead of schedule. The training session represented the first chance manager Carlo Ancelotti has had to see the midfielder in action. In a video posted by the club’s Twitter account, Gomes is seen playing in a small-sided game as well as a number of quick reaction drills. Andre Gomes in pains during the horror attack, but happy to be backlast_img read more

Alexander: Are you saying there’s a chance for a Dodgers-Angels October?

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros This Space called it, two springs ago. And, well, sometimes you’re on target and sometimes you throw it to the backstop.From the editions of March 29, 2018:“It is the beauty of spring training. When it ends, everyone is still undefeated. “So, in that spirit of optimism, why not indulge that wild dream that Southern California baseball fans have harbored for the better part of six decades? The Dodgers and Angels, playing in October. Playing each other in October. SoCal as the epicenter of the baseball world. “I haven’t been convincing to this point?” manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday from Dodger Stadium, asked to make his case for his team.That so many are discounting the Angels probably shouldn’t be surprising. The Astros have been to two World Series in three years and the A’s have won 97 games each of the last two seasons. Even with Anthony Rendon and a fully healthy Shohei Ohtani – hitting and pitching – to complement Trout, most of the experts seem to forget the part about past results not being indicative of future performance.“Our pitching’s somewhat maligned, but I think it’s better than it’s being given credit for,” Maddon said.“I like the fact that people maybe aren’t evaluating them on the same level. I think there’s a lot more talent than we’re given credit for. Once Rendon is well and Ohtani’s getting into his rhythm, with Michael and the rest of the group we can be a very prodigious offense also. But I like the fact we can catch the baseball, too.”Maddon noted that he’s been in this type of situation before, staring down the Yankees and Red Sox in the AL East in Tampa Bay and then dealing with the Cardinals in the NL East when he was with the Cubs.“It really comes down to, if we believe we can, then we can,” he said. “If we believe that we cannot, then we cannot. I believe that we can. And from what I’ve seen from our guys, (they) believe so, too.”And if there were ever a year for an underdog to get out of the gate fast and create problems for the favorites, this would seem to be the year.One problem for the Angels: They’ll play 10 percent of their schedule against the Dodgers, and that may be a taller order than anything they’ll see in the AL West. The Dodgers took a 106-victory team and added former MVP Mookie Betts, one of the game’s five best players and a player entering his walk year, which simultaneously excites and terrifies Dodger fans. The latter will last unless and until the Dodgers get his signature on a contract.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “Why not?”Yep, wild pitch.The Dodgers at least did their part and got to the Fall Classic that year. For the Angels, it is now six seasons since their last playoff appearance (and the only one of Mike Trout’s career to date), 12 since their previous postseason berth, and 18 since that magical night of Oct. 27, 2002, when Darin Erstad squeezed the final out in center field and the Anaheim Angels were champions of the world.For a baseball region blessed with such great players and great moments through the years, it’s been way too long since a SoCal team won the Commissioner’s Trophy. The oddsmakers and experts seem convinced that if that is to change in 2020’s mad 60-game sprint, it will be a one-sided effort. The Dodgers and Yankees are the favorites to be slugging it out at the end, coronavirus permitting. Most forecasts, including all but one of this publication’s beat writers and columnists, have picked the Angels for third or worse in the AL West.(You can thank me any time, Angel fans.)center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error (And that could be sooner than anyone imagined, with reports Wednesday morning that Betts and the Dodgers were finalizing a deal for as many as 13 years and between $350 million and $350 million. It’s not done yet, L.A., but feel free to go ahead and exhale.)Betts in the leadoff role only adds to the danger factor of an offense that, in its many permutations, is capable of terrorizing opposing pitching staffs nightly. Consider: Joc Pederson, all but hidden against left-handed pitching last year while slugging 36 home runs with a .876 OPS, actually has looked decent (or at least less than overmatched) against left-handers in the small sample size we’ve seen so far.What’s the most impressive thing about this club’s offensive approach? Strike zone discipline? Power? Versatility? All of the above?“I think what I like most is their ability to handle lefties and righties,” Dave Roberts said before Tuesday’s Freeway Mini-Series. “There’s a lot of versatility. Guys value every pitch. We can slug you, and we really appreciate a free pass to first base if that’s the case. And I like the team aspect, the team offensive approach.“You walk our guys, it’s (potentially) a big inning for us.”There is this, as well: Betts’ work ethic and approach to the game go a long way toward explaining his success. And so it was that shortly after spring training began, he got up and addressed his new teammates in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch, stressing the urgency of the moment and talking of what it takes to win a World Series.The last Dodger newcomer to do that in spring training, under slightly more emotional circumstances? Kirk Gibson in the spring of 1988. Look how that turned [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter  Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more