GYLFI SIGURDSSON is about to play his first professional game in 853 days.
The 34-year-old former Tottenham midfielder last played in Everton’s 5-0 win over Manchester City in May 2021.
But after signing a one-year deal with Lyngby Boldklub last month, the Icelandic star could be playing for the two-time Danish champions on Friday.
Everton released Sigurdsson in June 2022, 13 months after his last appearance.
And with the 78-cap star now training hard, Lyngby coach Freyr Alexandersson expects his star recruit can make his debut sooner than expected.
Sigurdsson’s new club, who sit sixth in the 12-team league, next face second-bottom Vejle at home.
And his Icelandic compatriot Alexandersson told the Danish magazine TV2: “We are a little ahead of our plan. He could easily be in the game on Friday.”
“We really hope he can be in the squad there, but if not then at least the following week.”
The 40-year-old Alexandersson, who stopped playing 15 years ago, is happy with the condition of former Swansea player Sigurdsson.
He said: “It looks really good. He has trained fully with the team for the last four training sessions and is looking better and better.”
“Now we’re at the time where we have to be careful that he doesn’t hurt himself because he’s been driving himself to his death for three weeks.”
Sigurdsson, who was linked to Wayne Rooney’s MLS club DC United in the summer, hopes to bring “experience and quality” to Lyngby.
Last month he said: “I know there are a lot of young and talented players in the team and I really want to learn from myself so we can continue to develop together.”
“I was very well received by the boys in the team and they make a fantastic impression. I feel that it is a very balanced team and I am very happy to be here.
“I’ve heard about the good support we have and I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans and, not least, playing in front of them.”