Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin looked to be a suitable replacement for Idrissa Gueye before he tore a quadriceps in late August.

The 24-year-old impressed heavily in his two Premier League outings before needing a pair of surgeries and nearly a full year of rehab work.

Thankfully, the Ivory Coast international is feeling great again and thanks to the season being put on hold, Gbamin now has his sights on returning when the Premier League resumes.

“I am training with a view to playing this season if the Premier League returns,” Gbamin told Everton’s official website. “I feel good, fully recovered and I am ready.

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“We are taking it slowly because it was a big injury. It was not easy but I think if the games start to be played in the Premier League then I think I can play.

“It is great to be back at Finch Farm with my teammates. I have my feeling back that I can get playing again.

Training has been good. I worked a lot with Adam (Newall) in the past week, with social distancing in place.

“We worked outside and did some ball work which was great for me to do after the lockdown. I am doing all the things the other players are doing with the ball and I hope to be able to join in full sessions with them soon, depending on what we are told is safe to do.

“I hope I can bring the quality I have [to the team]. If I can help the team to go up the league then that would be great. I will be doing my maximum for the team.

“I can’t wait to play. It has been a long time that I haven’t played football so I know it is going to be hard to start but I am ready for this and I can’t wait for that day to come. ”

Everton signed the midfielder from Mainz last summer on a five-year deal after paying a £ 25m transfer fee.