Everton new signings Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes will not be ready for first team action until after next month’s international break according to boss Marco Silva.
The Portuguese said it will be another three and a half weeks before the pair, who joined on deadline day – Mina in a £27.1million move – will be in contention because of minor injury problems.
“It looks maybe after the international break they can start working with us,” he said.
“We will see next week how they are and after I can give a different update but it is possible after the break.”
Everton’s start to the season, with two victories, means Silva has not had to press the new arrivals into service too early.
But he knows he needs competition for places in order to sustain their positive start.
“It is important if everyone is ready to play. We are working to put everyone on the same level because all together we will be strong,” the 41-year-old added.
Another August arrival, Bernard, could come into contention for his first appearance in a matchday squad for this weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.
Lucas Digne, an £18million signing from Barcelona, has recovered from a knock – which will be timely as midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will miss out with a minor injury.
“Lucas is working with us, he had a small problem but everything is OK now, Bernard is improving his condition and doing well and tomorrow I will take a decision,” said Silva.
“Schneiderlin will be ready to start to work with us Monday or Tuesday.
“It is not good news for us because he is started the season well, winning confidence is important for him, but it is only a small issue.”
Unai Emery has wished Jack Wilshere the best for his career as the former Arsenal man prepares to return to the Emirates Stadium for the first time.
New head coach Emery spoke with Wilshere after being appointed as successor to Arsene Wenger and, after being unable to promise the midfielder a place in his team, Wilshere opted to leave at the end of his contract.
He joined West Ham as a result and the Hammers take on Arsenal this weekend, with Emery certain the England international will receive a good ovation.
“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left,” he said. “The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here.
“And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future. It’s for that, on Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also.
“I think there is a good reception for him here. Then we are going to play and we are going to think after that, for us to win. But I hope the best for his career.”
Manchester City have recalled goalkeeper Aro Muric from his loan spell at NAC Breda following the injury to Claudio Bravo.
Reserve keeper Bravo faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after injuring his Achilles tendon in training on Tuesday, leaving City short of cover for first-choice Ederson.
Muric joined Breda on a season-long loan deal but City have confirmed the 19-year-old will return to Manchester on Thursday.
The former Swiss youth international will train with the rest of his City team-mates and could be in the squad to face Wolves on Saturday.
Daniel Grimshaw, 20, is the only other goalkeeper in City’s senior squad following the departures of Joe Hart and Angus Gunn in the summer, but the academy graduate is yet to make a senior appearance.
Given manager Pep Guardiola’s preference for resting Ederson in domestic cups, Muric may well find himself in action in the third round of the League Cup next month.
Muric made one appearance for NAC Breda before his loan spell was cut short, keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 win over De Graafschap at the weekend.
As part of City’s partnership with the Eredivisie club, NAC said the City Football Group will help them find another goalkeeper before the Dutch transfer window closes at the end of the month.
NAC director of football, Hans Smulders, told the club website: “Due to the injury of the second goalkeeper, Manchester City came into a situation that we had not anticipated beforehand.
“Despite looking at other solutions, we eventually had to decide to return Aro to Manchester.
“Having a partnership also means that you try to help each other in these situations of force majeure.
“We help Manchester City with the return of Aro and of course City Football Group helps us to solve the situation that has arisen in the goal at NAC.”