By George Overhill

3rd Aug, 2022 | 1:40pm

Everton sweat on 'serious worry' of Dominic Calvert-Lewin absence ahead of Chelsea

The injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a “serious worry for Everton” after the England forward picked up a knock, says the Liverpool Echo’s Joe Thomas.

The striker is now at risk of missing the opening game of the season against Chelsea on Saturday (6 August) after suffering a problem in training.

After a nightmare season which saw him struggle with fitness issues throughout, before his memorable goal to secure top flight safety, this has sparked fears that the same problems could bleed into the new campaign.

Writing on Twitter next to his story about the injury being assessed on Wednesday morning (3 August) Thomas said: “This is a serious worry for Everton, and a real shame.

“Fitness staff were impressed with the condition DCL returned for pre-season in.

“Then, after he missed Blackpool, there was relief when he played well v Dynamo Kyiv.

“Hope this is just a minor issue”.

Worst case scenario

There are few players that Frank Lampard would have wanted to avoid injury more than Calvert-Lewin as the opening Premier League game approaches.

It was hard enough to get through last year without his goals and his influence, but that was with Richarlison in the team to pick up the slack down the stretch.

The Brazilian star has since been sold to Tottenham, and with pursuits of attacking targets so far proving fruitless, there is obviously going to be a concern about where goals will come from.

Ellis Simms has gone on loan to Sunderland and Salomon Rondon is still suspended from last season’s mindless red card, knocking out further options to fill the gap.

Stamford Bridge pair Armando Broja and Michy Batshuayi have both been mooted as incoming signings at the position, but one way or another that is not going to help in the opening match since Chelsea won’t want to help their opponents until after the match.

Everyone involved with the club will be hoping that it is not a lengthy set back for Calvert-Lewin, but even a small one is a hiccup that he really did not need at this stage, when hoping to hit the ground running and improve on last season.