Sean Dyche has stated that Jack Harrison will be unable to face Brentford this Saturday.
The Everton manager acknowledged in his pre-match press conference that his summer signing is “not ready to go yet.”
Everton pursued Harrison this summer after he scored five goals and assisted seven times in the Premier League previous season.
When Leeds United were relegated, the winger dropped to the Championship, but he made it obvious that he wanted to play in the Premier League.
After fighting off competition from Aston Villa, the Toffees confirmed the arrival of Harrison on loan last month.
However, the 26-year-old is yet to recover from a hip injury and is still waiting to make his debut for his new club.
Harrison had been spotted in training last week and there was hope that he could travel to Brentford this weekend, but Dyche has now confirmed that he won’t be available to feature against the Bees.
When asked about Harrison, Dyche said: “No, he’s just back on the grass. He’s had quite a long term situation.
“It’s going very well I must say – he’s very clear minded and his fitness looks good.
“But no, he’s not ready to go yet.”
Everton expected Jack Harrison to be available by now
Previous reports claimed that Everton had originally expected Harrison to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks, which would have set him up for his debut earlier this month.
However, shortly after signing him, they realized that he would not be available to play until late September/early October.
Harrison’s return to training last week means that fans may still see him before the end of the month, albeit he may be confined to cameo appearances while regaining his fitness.
It’s not the start to his stay at Goodison Park that everyone hoped for, and fans will be hoping that his injury doesn’t have an affect on his performances when he returns.