Record-signing Gylfi Sigurdsson could get his first action in an Everton shirt against Manchester City on Monday after manager Ronald Koeman confirmed the midfielder “will be part of all the games next week".
The Blues face three successive away games in the space of six days, with trips to Hajduk Split and Chelsea to follow after the journey down the M62 to the Etihad Stadium.
Sigurdsson was announced as the Club’s record signing on Wednesday evening and was paraded at Goodison Park moments before kick-off in Thursday night’s Europa League play-off first leg win over Split.
On Friday afternoon, the 27-year-old playmaker was unveiled to the media, where he sat alongside Koeman who explained that he was happy to unleash the Icelander in the coming days.
“He will train tomorrow and will do tests,” said the Everton manager. “I’m not worried about his fitness. Of course, as a player you need game-time and need to play games in pre-season to get to 100 per cent. But his fitness is okay and he is a good professional.
“He will get time next week. We have a tough week coming up and he will be part of all the games next week.”
Should Sigurdsson be involved in the Premier League against Manchester City on Monday, it is likely to be from the bench after the Icelander confirmed that although he is feeling in good physical condition, he has not yet regained his full fitness levels.
Asked whether he is ready to start a game, he responded: “Maybe not 90 minutes, as you normally start with 45 in pre-season and then increase it. I’ve been training well over the last five or six weeks since I came back off holiday in early July.
“I’ve been training really well but I just need a few more minutes under my belt before I play 90 minutes.”