By Adefunmiloye Alani

3rd Dec, 2021 | 9:10pm

Injury expert: Dominic Calvert-Lewin could return to action by Christmas

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be available to return to action by Christmas, according to Ben Dinnery.

The injury expert took to his personal Twitter account to react after Rafa Benitez provided an update on the England international on Friday (3 December) ahead of Monday’s (6 December) clash with Arsenal.

Calvert-Lewin, 24, has missed the Toffees’ last 11 Premier League games and could miss the next four as his recovery continues.

Dinnery said: “It could be Christmas before Calvert-Lewin is in contention.”

Rafa told journalists ahead of the Gunners clash: “Dominic is getting better, he’s doing really well, but he’s still a couple of weeks [away], minimum. We have to be careful.”

Hopefully?

Everton have won just two of the 11 games DCL has missed, and there is no denying that they would have won more if he were available to play.

Rafa Benitez must be frustrated, but he is not willing to rush him back into action and could wait till even January in order not to take a risk on his fitness.

Salomon Rondon has not impressed due to his own fitness issues, and Cenk Tosun only returned to action for the first time in months against Liverpool (1 December).

Richarlison will most likely lead the line against Arsenal, and the Toffees may need to sign another striker in January.

They clearly need to bolster that department in order to have enough quality in front of goal to keep them up.

Six defeats in their last eight games have put Everton in the relegation discussion, and the type of signings they make in January would have a huge say on their campaign.

Financial Fair Play will most likely stop them from splashing the cash again, but having Calvert-Lewin fit for the second half of the campaign would be a massive boost.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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