Cape Town - Everton have announced that Ramiro Funes Mori
and Ross Barkley will not be available for the start of the new season
after both players underwent surgery.
Mori's knee had to be operated on for a second time due
to complications the 26-year-old defender suffered after tearing his
meniscus in March while on international duty with Argentina.
Barkley went under the knife to cure a groin complaint that had kept
him out of the club's pre-season tours to Tanzania and the Netherlands.
The 23-year-old playmaker, who has been linked with a move away from
Goodison Park during the current transfer window, is expected to be out
of action for the next four weeks.
Mori is of greater concern, however, as the Argentine will sit out a
large chunk of 2017/18 with a timescale on his comeback set between six
and nine months.
Ronald Koeman's side open their Premier League campaign at home to Stoke City on August 12.