Frank Lampard explains why James Garner was omitted from Everton squad after £15m Man Utd transfer

James Garner joined Everton from Manchester United on summer tranafer deadline day.

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Frank Lampard has explained why James Garner was omitted from Everton's squad for the Merseyside derby against Liverpool.

The midfielder signed for the Toffees from Manchester United on transfer deadline day for a fee that could reach £15 million.

However, Garner - who hails from Birkenhead - was left out of Lampard's squad for the goalless draw at Goodison Park.

That's despite Idrissa Gueye, who also arrived on deadline, coming off the bench to help Everton earn a point.

Lampard revealed that Garner's departure from United had been in the offing for two weeks and was short of fitness.

The Blues boss said: “James has had a bit of two weeks of uncertainty leaving Manchester United and then coming to us.

“He hasn't been able to train at a level. I spoke to him yesterday and he decided he needs at least a good week's worth.”