By Daniel Feliciano

23rd Sep, 2022 | 11:40am

Dominic Calvert-Lewin not injured again, should feature in Everton v Southampton

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has not suffered a setback in training during the international break and is still in line to feature for Everton against Southampton, according to the Liverpool ECHO.

The Toffees striker is yet to make an appearance this season after suffering an injury during pre-season, but returned to training prior to the 1-0 win over West Ham.

However he was left out of the squad as a precaution, with Frank Lampard stating the club want to make sure he’s 100% ready to return during the international break, but that led to rumours of another setback.

However, the Liverpool ECHO are reporting [23 September] that there has been no setback and the player is still in line to feature against the Saints next weekend in the Premier League.

“Rumours then began to circulate that the forward had suffered another setback in his recovery, but the ECHO understands he is just being watched over closely as a precaution after feeling some tightness in training,” they said.

“Thankfully, he is still in line to be involved against Southampton at the beginning of next month as things stand.”

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Thankfully Everton don’t miss Calvert-Lewin nearly as much this season as they did last, because Lampard and the club planned for this eventuality during the summer window.

They were rewarded for that with Neal Maupay’s first goal for the club in the win over the Hammers, plus the great form of Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon so far this season.

But there’s still no escaping the fact that when Calvert-Lewin is fit and firing he is the best striker at the club and helps take the team up a level when it comes to a goalscoring threat.

It was the right decision by Lampard and the coaches to not risk him for no reason, and now they will be even stronger against the Saints as they look to extend their unbeaten run and make it back-to-back wins.

His return to fitness provides Lampard with a small selection headache, but having Maupay available and playing well means there is no rush and an appearance off the bench is the most likely and most sensible option for now.