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Andre Gomes suspension: Everton star to miss Man Utd clash after picking up three-match ban


The Toffees midfielder will not return until the final day of the season after an incident at Fulham on Saturday

Andre Gomes will miss Everton’s match against Manchester United on Sunday after he was handed a three-match ban by the Football Association (FA).

The Portugal midfielder has accepted a charge of violent conduct following an incident against Fulham on Saturday.

The 25-year-old was charged for a stamp on Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic during Everton’s 2-0 defeat at Craven Cottage.

The incident was not seen by referee Lee Probert nor his assistants at the time. However, after reviewing TV footage, the FA chose to charge Gomes on Tuesday.

The ban means Gomes will miss Everton’s meeting with Man Utd at Goodison Park as well as subsequent games against Crystal Palace and Burnley.

It means Gomes will only return for the Toffees’ final game of the season away at Tottenham on May 12.

That could be the former Valencia midfielder’s final appearance for the Merseysiders as he is due to return to parent club Barcelona at the end of the campaign.

The Portugal international linked up with the Toffees on a season-long loan in the summer of 2018.

His deal at Goodison Park includes no purchase option, so Everton would have to negotiate a fee in order to secure his services on a permanent basis.

Everton boss Marco Silva has previously admitted that he would like to sign Gomes on a permanent deal after an impressive debut season on Merseyside.

Gomes also revealed last month that he was “really happy” at the Toffees but that no permanent deal had been agreed between the two clubs.

Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel were on target for relegated Fulham on Saturday as the Toffees’ three-game winning run was brought to an end.

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That left Silva’s side ninth in the Premier League as they chase a seventh-place finish, which would be enough for a place in the Europa League qualifiers should Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley next month.

The Hornets are also in contention for a seventh-place finish. Javi Gracia’s side are level on points with Everton, two points behind Wolves and Leicester.

 



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