By Ben Dinnery

21st Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Injury expert suggests Calvert-Lewin comeback date after crushing Everton blow confirmed

Everton hitman Dominic Calvert-Lewin could return to action before the November international break.

That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Calvert-Lewin, who has three goals in as many games this season, has not featured since late August.

He was initially sidelined with a fractured toe but a quadriceps issue has extended his unwanted spell in the treatment room.

And in a statement released on 20 October, the Toffees confirmed that a setback in his rehab has added a “number of weeks” to his recovery time.

Dinnery predicts that the 24-year-old could take his first steps to a first-team return before the early-November international break.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It was his toe, now it’s the thigh that’s causing the problem.

“We are looking at a grade two tear. The timeline with that sort of injury is usually four to six weeks, sometimes a little less.

“The worry with that type of injury is that it’s one of the main muscles involved in kicking.

“Quadriceps are used in kicking the ball and hamstrings are used in runninng and receiving.

“These sorts of injuries need to be managed very carefully because otherwise, you risk recurrence.

“We’ve seen him train away from the main group. But the true sign he is back to full fitness will be when we see those explosive movements,

“We need to see those quick changes in direction. When he’s moving more freely, we’ll have a better understanding of where he is in the process.

“I’d hope he’d be back before the international break, which gives him another few weeks.

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