Stoke City Premier League – 12 August 2017

But he will not be considered for the Premier League opener against Stoke City today, having had only two sessions.

Mark Hughes has also revealed Saido Berahino is in great shape and could start.

Everton Manager, Ronald Koeman, has admitted that it is a hard task for the club to replace former striker, Romelu Lukaku, who now plays for Manchester United.

They have had a busy summer, signing seven players.

As it was, referee Craig Pawson allowed the controversial strike to stand after former striker Romelu Lukaku was deemed not to have been interfering with play, and the two sides held out for a point apiece after a tetchy second 45 minutes.

Wayne Rooney returning to Everton is massive news for the club and the reception he’ll receive should have Goodison shaking.

Seamus Coleman is unlikely to feature until around Christmas after the broken leg he suffered playing for the Republic of Ireland against Wales in March while fellow defender Ramiro Funes Mori is set for nine months on the sidelines with a knee problem.

The match isn’t being televised in the United Kingdom and the highlights will be first shown on BBC’s Match of the Day from 22:30 on Saturday.

United put all their eggs in a Europa League-shaped basket last season and it paid off as Mourinho led the club back into the Champions League with a 2-0 final win over Ajax.

So here we are – the moment has finally arrived for Everton to kick off a highly anticipated Premier League campaign.

Only Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer (8) have scored more goals on Premier League opening day than Wayne Rooney (7).

Veteran Stoke striker Peter Crouch has been involved in 10 goals against Everton in his Premier League career (six goals, four assists) – only against Aston Villa (11) has he been involved in more.

He has been likened to the legendary Spanish striker David Villa for his never say die attitude as well as his predatory instincts in the box and if the last season was any indication, the striker is definitely set to win over the hearts of millions of Everton fans worldwide.

Bojan Krkic and summer signingEric Maxim Choupo-Moting are early doubts.

If they can get Sigurdsson then they will be a certainty for seventh.

“They’ve brought good players in but lost key players too, like Lukaku”.