Everton's potential selection crisis at full-back looks to have been avoided for now after Rafael Benitez indicated that Lucas Digne has been training along with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford over the past few days.
James Rodriguez has left Everton in a permanent transfer to Al Rayyan of the Qatar Stars League for an undisclosed fee, ending his 12-month association with the Toffees.
QPR 2 - 2 Everton [8-7 on pens]
Everton evoked memories of myriad EFL Cup failings against lower-division clubs from the past as they were dumped out by Queens Park Rangers from the Championship in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Loftus Road.
Aston Villa 3 - 0 Everton
Everton’s unbeaten start to the season was shredded in nine second-half minutes as poor defending and a lack of squad depth were ruthlessly exposed by Aston Villa.
Everton could get a funding uplift to the tune of £45m for the construction of their new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock from the local Merseyside authority while a report suggests that the club is getting close to securing private investment for the bulk of the project's cost.
Everton came from behind for a second successive home game to eventually sweep Burnley away at Goodison Park which was bouncing by the end of what had at one stage threatened to be a frustrating evening under the lights.