Everton will head to the Etihad Stadium on Monday night to take on Manchester City in the Premier League, with Ronald Koeman confirming that Gyfli Sigurdsson is in contention for a place in the side.
The Iceland international completed his hugely anticipated move to The Toffees from Swansea City last week for a club-record fee of around £45million, and could go straight into the visiting side for Monday night’s mouth-watering clash.
The Everton boss has been busy during the transfer window, with the midfielder becoming his eighth summer signing as they look to compete for a spot in the Champions League next season.
Koeman is not worried about the lack of preparation Sigurdsson has had in the past couple of months, believing he still has the fitness levels required.
“I’m not worried about his fitness,” he told the club’s official website.
“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.”
Another one of Everton’s summer signings, Sandro Ramirez, could also be available to make a return to the matchday squad, having recovered from a heel injury that kept him out of the Europa League clash with Hajduk Split on Thursday.
However, the Toffees will still be without many of their star names as they look to challenge Pep Guardiola’s men.
Ramiro Funes Mori, James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie are all sidelined with knee injuries, whilst Seamus Coleman is nursing a knock to his leg.
Ross Barkley, despite all the speculation that he could be leaving Goodison Park this summer, is also unavailable for the tie at the Etihad Stadium, as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem.