Following Everton’s 1-0 loss to Wolves on Sunday, Frank Lampard revealed the reason for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence and made a worrying claim about when the striker may return.
The Lowdown: Lack of goals
The 24-year-old has been largely absent this season due to injury. After playing and scoring in the Toffees’ three opening league fixtures, he missed the following 15 games after suffering a fractured toe, dealing then-manager Rafa Benitez a huge blow.
The Latest: Lampard’s comments on Calvert-Lewin
In his post-match press conference after Sunday’s defeat, Lampard was questioned about Calvert-Lewin’s exclusion, and was further asked about the striker’s availability for Thursday night’s clash against Newcastle.
As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, the Everton manager claimed: “He is not well, so we will see.”
Lampard added: “We have had probably the most games I’ve coached with players missing from day one: Ben Godfrey, from two Yerry Mina and Demarai Gray, Dominic has hardly played. Selections are decided upon by missing big players.”
The Verdict: Worrying times ahead
Everton fans may well be worried for Thursday, with Lampard failing to confirm whether Calvert-Lewin will be able to make his much-needed return against Newcastle. With the Toffees now level on points with 18th-placed Watford, the possibility of relegation seems more realistic than ever.
The 24-year-old’s return would have come as a huge boost to the side, who are in desperate need of goals given their poor defensive record and aforementioned struggles at the other end in recent weeks.
Therefore, with last season’s 21-goal top scorer quite possibly missing out, Lampard may well have to face another league fixture without another of his “big players”, with Mina, Fabian Delph and Tom Davies all longer-term absentees.
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