Everton: Medical expert names real reason for Dominic Calvert-Lewin's injury hell - 'It's bad'
The injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin may have pushed himself too hard in his efforts to impress new Everton boss Frank Lampard.
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, has endured a season riddled with injuries and is currently out again with a quad problem.
As quoted by the Liverpool Echo last Friday (22 April), Frank Lampard chalked up the striker’s “tough run” to simple “bad luck”.
The manager would not be drawn on whether Calvert-Lewin would be available to face Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday (1 May).
Dinnery claims that his eagerness to impress Lampard, who arrived in early February, may have had a detrimental effect on his physical condition.
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He told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams: “There has been no indication of any underlying issues since he broke into the first team.
“His availability rates since 2017-18 have been around 93 per cent. He’s only missed a handful of league games prior to this campaign.
“But there was a heavily disrupted pre-season programme and he has picked up multiple injuries. It’s bad, there’s no getting away from that.
“He will have been desperate to impress the new boss. That might factor into why he’s picked up these little niggles as well.”
This site revealed on Wednesday (27 April) that Calvert-Lewin has told friends he favours a move to Arsenal over Newcastle United this summer.
His 14 appearances in all competitions this season have yielded just three goals and one assist.