Marco Silva says the Everton duo are not in contention for selection yet
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.”