The Iceland midfielder has played just one pre-season game this summer and missed the club’s pre-season tour of the USA.
He has been training with the first team since their return to the UK but has not been considered for selection.
Sigurdsson is reportedly keen on a move to Goodison Park but talks are currently at an impasse.
You know the drill by now: Swansea want £50m, Everton are reluctant to go that high. Neither side seems willing to meet in the middle.
Having this saga spill over into the new season is just want either side didn’t want.
It’s clear the player and both managers want the move to go through, but the deadlock at boardroom level has left everyone in limbo.
Everton can’t move onto alternative targets, Swansea can’t spend their expected windfall on replacements while Sigurdsson is stuck in the middle, unfit and underprepared for the new season.
The frustration is also being felt amongst the fanbase, on both sides. It is doing neither team any good.
The only saving grace is that with the transfer deadline looming this saga only has three more weeks to run.