Everton’s James Garner has been ruled out for two months with a back injury

Everton midfielder James Garner is poised for an extended period on the sidelines with a back injury.

The summer signing from Manchester United missed the latest tour of Australia with the problem and is now expected to be out for around two months.

As a result, he will almost certainly miss Everton’s first batch of matches in December and January after the Premier League resumes, starting with the visit to Wolves on Boxing Day.

Garner has made seven appearances since joining for £9m, most recently in the 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat by Bournemouth this month. He was substituted in the second half of that match after suffering an injury and has not played since.

Meanwhile, midfielder Tom Davies (knee) and defender Yerry Mina (hamstring) are also expected to be out for three to four weeks.

Manager Frank Lampard is likely to fill in some of the gaps in his squad with talented players from the club’s Under-21 side, with midfielder Isaac Price among those who will impress during the tour of Australia.

Everton finished the run with a 5-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday.

Lampard confirmed after the match that Price, winger Stanley Mills and striker Tom Cannon would all remain in the first-team squad in the short term.

The team will now have a break before returning to training and stepping up their preparations for the resumption of the Premier League.

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