Dominic Calvert-Lewin is set to miss Everton’s clash with Chelsea as boss Sean Dyche admits they ‘need to be careful’ with the injury-stricken striker in their relegation battle
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin has experienced a dire last few years stricken by injury
- Sean Dyche has outlined Everton’s plan for him – saying he needs to get strong
- Former England international has picked up yet another knock on recovery road
The injury-stricken striker has endured a dire last few years, blighted by consistent injury problems and, as such, a failure to put together a true run of games.
Dyche has sought to lower the noise around Calvert-Lewin since his arrival at Everton in January, consistently outlining that the most important thing is the striker’s fitness and getting back to being able to play regularly.
Ahead of a crucial trip to Chelsea this weekend, Dyche outlined his plans for Calvert-Lewin’s latest recovery plan, saying the one-time England squad regular has ‘felt something’ that the club were being wary of.
‘He has felt something we have got to be careful with that’s all, and he has to be careful with,’ said the Everton manager.
Sean Dyche has revealed Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss the Chelsea game as they look to build up his fitness
Dyche has insisted the most important thing is getting the forward fit and strong once again
‘He wasn’t overly in my thinking for the Chelsea game regardless of anything else because [then] the international break comes and we can hopefully use that more wisely.
‘We are trying to get him as strong as he was two years ago and back to that statistical level as well in terms of how we think and how he feels,’ he added.
With Dyche remaining coy over the exact details of Calvert-Lewin’s latest knock, he did not offer a timeframe on his return.
‘We’ll see,’ he said in response. ‘There’s nothing other than me wanting to get him out there training every day and feel good about that. That’s the best start point and take it from there.’
Everton currently sit in 15th, but only a point outside the relegation zone with the bottom of the Premier League table extremely tight.
Everton will hope Calvert-Lewin can put together a strong run of games as the season enters its final knockings
‘We want to concentrate on us,’ he said. ‘It’s about continuing to build on what we’re doing, and I think we’ve shown strong signs of improvement in the areas we’ve needed it.
‘The shape has been good, the commitment to play and what we want to do has been good. We can still find better pockets of football at times, but that comes with belief and confidence.
‘But the reality is that we’ve played some good sides as well. Brentford got control in the second half a bit, and we saw it through a different way and that’s pleasing for me. Finding different ways to get wins and points, these are all parts of a season, that I do know.’
He added that he felt his side were putting together ‘building blocks’ for stronger performances and results for the remainder ofn the season.