Everton head coach Sean Dyche has, on Saturday evening, provided an update on the wellbeing of three headline members of his squad.
This comes on the back of the Toffees’ latest pre-season outing.
For those not aware, Dyche led his troops back into action a short time ago, playing host to Portuguese giants Sporting CP at Goodison Park.
And, when all was said and done, a positive day’s work saw Everton emerge on the right side of a 1-0 scoreline, owing to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s spot-kick strike late in the first-half.
The mood on the blue half of Merseyside was soured, however, was soured late on, upon key defender James Tarkowski limping out of proceedings with what appeared to be a knee problem.
Speaking to the media post-match, the subject of Tarkowski’s fitness was therefore put to the aforementioned Dyche, just a week out from Everton’s Premier League season opener.
And the English tactician went on to reveal his hope that the issue will ultimately prove to be little more than a ‘knock’:
“He’s just got a knock, we think.”
Turning attentions towards Dwight McNeil, who was forced to sit out on Saturday owing to an injury picked up against Stoke City last weekend, Dyche added:
“It’s not going to be days. It’s going to be weeks rather than days. We’re waiting on a weekly update if you like. So, yeah, we’ll see how long it takes. He’s just hurt his ankle ligaments.”
And, last up, an insight into the wellbeing of summer arrival Arnaut Danjuma, who also missed out against Sporting, was forthcoming.
Asked if he expects the Villarreal loanee to be fit to feature against Fulham next Saturday, Everton’s boss explained:
“I doubt it. He will be fit but I doubt he will be fit, fit if that makes sense as in getting out there when the whistle blows.”