By Daniel Feliciano

18th Sep, 2022 | 6:10pm

Journalist shares why Dominic Calvert-Lewin wasn't in Everton squad for win v West Ham United

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has not picked up a new injury despite being left out of the squad that beat West Ham on Sunday afternoon.

The Toffees earned a 1-0 win at Goodison Park thanks to Neal Maupay’s first goal for the club, with the French striker starting the game in the absence of Calvert-Lewin.

But there were question marks surrounding the 25-year-old’s absence after he had returned to training during the two-week enforced break, but Liverpool ECHO journalist Joe Thomas shared it was simply a precaution.

“Calvert-Lewin’s absence is a precaution as opposed to a new injury,” he said, on his personal Twitter account.

“Lampard keen to give him full extent of international break to make sure he is ready for the run of games up to the World Cup break.”

Phew

There was definitely Everton fans panicking as the team news came out for the game and people noticed that Calvert-Lewin’s name wasn’t on the team sheet in any capacity.

Calvert-Lewin has been one of the club’s best player in recent years but his injury problems have become a real worry for many at the club, after he missed the majority of last season and has failed to make an appearance so far this year.

His return was highly anticipated after being out for so long already, but now fans will be forced to wait a little while longer although it’s with good reason.

With another break coming up now Lampard and the Everton staff can get him fitter and sharper before the return, and with Maupay at the club now they weren’t in a weaker position by leaving him out as they have been in the past.

All in all a good Sunday then, with three points, a goal for Maupay and no new fitness worries for DCL.