Everton will begin preparations for the new season in earnest when they meet back up in early July.
Newly installed manager Marco Silva will meet the bulk of the Everton squad when they return to Finch Farm in the first week of July for a series of fitness tests.
Everton have confirmed pre-season fixtures against Bury and Blackburn Rovers, travelling to Gigg Lane on Wednesday, July 18 before a trip to Ewood Park on Thursday, July 26.
The Blues then host Valencia at Goodison Park on Saturday, August 4.
New Everton manager Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands
The majority of the Everton squad are working on the basis on having to be back at the club’s Halewood training complex in the first week in July.
The Toffees will be put through their paces by Silva’s fitness coach Pedro Conceição during the first few days of training. Joao Pedro Sousa, Hugo Oliviera and Duncan Ferguson will make up the rest of Silva’s backroom team, with Ryland Morgans leaving the club recently.
Ronald Koeman brought the start of his first Everton pre-season forward by a few days in the summer of 2016.
But the Dutchman was left unimpressed by the schedule he inherited which included a place in the Dresden Cup which saw Everton play twice in the space of 17 hours, writes the Liverpool Echo.
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