By Pranav Shahaney

14th Sep, 2021 | 7:40am

Rafa Benitez claims Everton forward Calvert-Lewin out for at least 2-3 weeks

Rafa Benitez fears that Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be ruled out for Everton for at least two or three weeks after not making the team against Burnley.

The England international opted not to be part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers in a bid to take time off and regain fitness for the Toffees.

He was expected to play on Monday, but wasn’t named in the matchday squad, with Benitez then throwing light on the situation.

“He has broken his toe,” Benitez said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “He was training with problems and playing with pain.

“He had an injury the other day to his quadriceps and we have to wait two-to-three weeks, maybe more.”

Big blow

The England international wasn’t particularly missed against Burnley as the Toffees raced to a 3-1 victory on the night.

However, in the coming games, when Everton are not likely to see so much of the ball, they will be needing a robust and clinical striker who’s able to find the back of the net on a consistent basis.

Richarlison started the game against Burnley in the number nine position, but did not do well enough to justify his spot there, and there is nobody quite like Calvert-Lewin in the Everton side who can be a constant threat in the penalty area.

Hopefully, he works doubly as hard on his fitness and gets back in action before the next international break.

If not, either Richarlison or Salomon Rondon will have to step up and Benitez must find a way to reintegrate James Rodriguez into the squad to help create some more chances for the attackers.

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