By Ben Dinnery

20th Sep, 2022 | 4:00pm

Expert salutes Frank Lampard for defying top Everton chiefs - 'this is massive'

Everton boss Frank Lampard deserves credit for not bowing to pressure from club officials to bring Dominic Calvert-Lewin back from injury early.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Calvert-Lewin, 25, is yet to feature for the Toffees this season because of a knee injury and has struggled with various setbacks over the last 12 months.

He returned to training last week, however, ahead of Everton’s meeting with West Ham last Sunday (17 September).

But Frank Lampard chose not to include the striker in the matchday squad as his side picked up their first three points of the season with a 1-0 win.

As quoted by Liverpool World after the clash, the manager explained: “It was my choice given the [injury] history and the international break we have coming up.”

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Dinnery saluted Lampard for his restraint, especially given the “questions from stakeholders” that would likely have come his way had Everton lost against the Hammers.

“The result helps massively,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“Undoubtedly, the temptation to bring him back given where they were in the league and how much they needed a win would have been massive. But ultimately, it was a good decision. It was nice to see from Frank Lampard.

“Questions would have been asked by stakeholders about league positions. It would have changed the whole feeling around the club during this international break had they lost.

“It was a calculated risk, but you have to understand that if you throw someone like Calvert-Lewin too early, the risk of a setback is great. You want to make sure you’re doing everything in terms of giving him the best chance to stay fit.

“I think it makes a lot of sense to use this break as a chance to fully integrate him ahead of game week nine.”

In other news, Everton star Allan opens talks to join new club by 4 October.