Everton have confirmed that young striker James Vaughan will not be back in action before November.

Vaughan suffered a dislocated shoulder during the pre-season friendly with Preston at Deepdale last month, and had an immediate operation.

In the past week he has been seen by a specialist to review the progress made, and has been told that it will be four months before he can consider playing again.

Everton physio Mick Rathbone told evertonTV: "James dislocated his shoulder which is a nasty injury in a professional sportsman and it always needs repairing.

"He has been to the specialist again and things are going tremendously well but we are looking at an estimated time of four months, certainly no less."