Early team news: Koeman confirms 27-year-old to feature for Everton in clash v Man City
By Danny Wright
Ronald Koeman has confirmed that record signing Gyfli Sigurdsson will make his Everton debut against Manchester City at the Etihad on Monday night.
Sigurdsson, 27, became a Toffees player last week when he completed his highly-anticipated move from their Premier League rivals Swansea.
Koeman, 54, has now made it clear that the attacking midfielder will play a role in Monday’s trip down the M62 as well as saying that he will feature in all of the clubs’ matches this week.
Everton have a testing week on the horizon with a trip to Croatia to play Hadjuk Split in the Europa League on Thursday night before a visit to Stamford Bridge to face Premier League champions Chelsea.
“I’m not worried about his fitness,” said Koeman, as quoted by the official Premier League website.
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“Of course, as a player you need game-time and need to play games in pre-season to get to 100%. But his fitness is okay and he is a good professional.
“He will get time. We have a tough week coming up and he will be part of all the games.”
Sigurdsson hasn’t featured in as many pre-season fixtures as he would have hoped after he pulled himself out of Swansea’s tour of the USA earlier this summer.
There have since been concerns about his fitness, but it seems that he is likely to at least earn a spot on the bench for Monday night.
Everton are also boosted by a possible return for striker Sandro Ramirez, who according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, he is likely to recover from a “minor heel” injury in time for the clash with Pep Guardiola’s side.
Sandro is expected to recover from a minor heel injury while Koeman confirmed Sigurdsson will be involved at the Etihad this evening. #EFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) August 21, 2017
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