Insider: Everton set to launch review after Dominic Calvert-Lewin injury twist
Everton will be reviewing their handling of Dominic Calvert-Lewin after he suffered another injury setback.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
Calvert-Lewin was forced off just after the hour mark of Everton’s 2-0 loss to Leicester City on Saturday (5 November).
As quoted by club media on Tuesday (8 November), Frank Lampard admitted he would be “very surprised” if the 25-year-old was available for the game with Bournemouth on Saturday (12 November).
“This is hamstring related and he’s been referred to a specialist,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“It’s highly unlikely that he will be involved this weekend. I would suggest Frank Lampard will leave him out as a precaution even if he was cleared to play.
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“The difficulty that we have here is that there is no simple answer or quick fix to his overall injury issues that he’s had.
“They will be looking into every aspect in terms of his rest and recovery, how he trains and his load.
“Coming off the back of a long-term injury and he was thrust back into the Premier League.
“He made that start in early October and has been at the forefront of the Everton attack ever since despite the addition of Neal Maupay to that squad.
“Calvert-Lewin is the player seen as the main man and unfortunately the setback has come just a week after he played his first full 90 minutes for the club. That in itself is a disappointment.
“It comes down to the severity of the problem as well. Picking up slight soft tissue injuries after long-term setbacks are not unusual.
“If we’re looking at something that is a 10, 14 or 21-day injury then you hold your hands up and say ‘Ok, we’re still in that period where he is adapting to the rigours of the league after spending the majority of the last 14, 15 months on the sidelines’.
“If it’s something a bit more serious then that will be more of a concern.
“The break will give him the opportunity to go through a full pre-season programme to try and ensure he is robust enough to see out the second half of the campaign.”