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Ancelotti: Gomes to return to Everton training two months after horror leg fracture

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Lack of training time under Ancelotti 'no excuse' for Everton (1:48)

Gab Marcotti says Everton have a lot of work to do based on their 1-0 loss to Liverpool in the FA Cup. (1:48)

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti said midfielder Andre Gomes will make a return to training next week -- just two months after suffering a horrific leg break which was expected to keep him sidelined for the entire campaign.

Gomes was injured during a 1-1 draw with Tottenham following a collision with Son Heung-Min, for which the South Korea international was initially red carded, before the decision was later rescinded.

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It was expected the ex-Barcelona man would not play until next season, but Ancelotti said Gomes has made big strides in his recovery.

"Andre Gomes can come back next week, and start to train individually here," the Italian told a news conference ahead of Everton's clash with with Brighton. "It is good news.

"He is doing well in his recovery. It is going fast so I hope as soon as possible he can be with us, because he's a fantastic player."

Ancelotti also said he would stand by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, following reports he was looking to replace the England No. 1.

"I read that I'm looking for a goalkeeper, this is not true," he added. "I have a great goalkeeper, who is the goalkeeper of the national team."