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Everton comeback king Andre Gomes grateful for football community support

Everton comeback king Andre Gomes is grateful for support from the football community after his successful playing return.

Gomes is back in action after fully recovering from a horror ankle injury suffered earlier this season.

Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and former Barcelona star Lionel Messi were among those in touch and Gomes told the Mirror: "Yeah, they were like unbelievable. I had a lot of messages from team-mates I had in the past and everybody was so incredible. I can not say an individual because I had so many good examples so I can not say just one or two.

“Everybody was so good to me. People like even Alan Shearer - and I didn't expect that for example. He was telling me, listen you know what I had a similar injury…at Goodison!"

He spoke to players who suffered similar injuries and they said the same. Go hard. “I had a trauma. I spoke with different people, like Danny Welbeck, he text me. Also, Djibril Cisse, and I was asking 'It's traumatic, we know, but what is the next step?'

“Once you are ready, if you go, you have to compete. If I don't compete then people will know and say: 'Now he is different', 'Maybe he is afraid' and 'Maybe he is not putting his foot in'.

“You can protect yourselves but 80% of the time you have to go hard, especially in the Premier League, the most competitive league in the world. I can't be different. I need to be the same guy I was before and go hard. In my first training I told my team-mates, Don't go easy on me.

“If you need to go hard, I will go hard as well, otherwise I will get injured again."

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