Jack Harrison could be sidelined for six weeks following his move to Everton.
That’s according to Birmingham Live, who has reported that the winger’s lengthy spell on the sidelines brought Aston Villa’s approach to an abrupt end.
Harrison had long been linked with a move to Goodison Park but it wasn’t until the weekend that they decided to put their interest into action, while Aston Villa also made a move to sign the ‘magnificent’ 26-year-old.
Despite an attempt to hijack Everton’s deal, Aston Villa eventually stepped back after they discovered his injury. It was previously believed he could be out for around 3-4 weeks, however the latest report claims he could be sidelined until late September/early October.
Harrison is one of three attacking players that Everton have welcomed to the club this summer, with Youssef Chermiti and Arnaut Danjuma also making the switch to Merseyside.
Dwight McNeil is currently on the treatment table with his own injury and fans will have been wishing that Harrison was available to take his place, with the former Manchester City youngster claiming 12 goal contributions for Leeds United last season.
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The Toffees now remain in pursuit of Harrison’s former teammate, Wilfried Gnonto, who is currently refusing to play for the Whites as he looks to force through a move away from the Yorkshire outfit.
Will Jack Harrison start for Everton this season?
While Everton have gone from having not enough attackers among their ranks, Sean Dyche may face a selection headache when it comes to fitting all his potential new signings in.
Jack Harrison, Wilfried Gnonto and Arnaut Danjuma are all likely to compete for a place on the wings, while Dwight McNeil seems likely to keep his place if he can pick up where he left off.
Meanwhile, Dominic Calvert-Lewin will hope to play up top for Everton if he can keep fit, though the club will be disappointed if they can’t bring in some proven competition for him before the window shuts.
Some healthy competition could be very useful for Everton’s attacking players, as long as they can keep them all happy.