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Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s ongoing injury problems are a “worry” for Everton despite the striker doing all the right things, says Kevin Campbell.
After missing much of last season, the 25-year-old was struck down again in preseason and sat out of the first eight games of the campaign, before his return was cut short when he went off again during the defeat to Leicester (5 November) due to injury to his hamstring and a dislocated shoulder.
Campbell compared his continuing issues with injury-prone defender Yerry Mina, who he expects to be on the way out of the club, as two key men whose Everton careers are being wrecked by repeated absences, but is more concerned that Calvert-Lewin is having these problems younger than his Colombian teammate.
“Yeah, it’s a worry. That’s a worry,” he said of the most recent development for the striker, speaking exclusively to Goodison News.
“The real issue is that he’s young. He’s not a Yerry Mina who’s later on in his career, where you could say, ‘Fair enough, wear and tear’.
“He’s a young striker, and they’re really expecting Dominic Calvert-Lewin to be fit and to be the focal point, but again, the best ability is availability, and he just can’t keep himself fit.
“And here’s the crazy thing, I know it’s not his fault. He does everything right.
“But unfortunately there’s something that isn’t right with his body at the moment, and maybe it’s something they have to look at on the medical side.”
With Mina’s contract expiring in the summer his injury problems look to have ended any prospect of an extension, despite being a good player on Merseyside when fit, with a January move to Inter already mooted [Calcio Mercato].
The same pattern is now badly hampering Calvert-Lewin’s career, with him missing out on the World Cup with England after being the primary back-up to Harry Kane only a short time ago, and is leaving Everton sorely lacking in attack, so a decision may have to be made on his own future at the club before long.
There was a lot of talk around a potential big-money move to Newcastle or Arsenal in the summer, and while it seemed unthinkable to lose him and Richarlison at once, that has essentially happened anyway but with money coming in for only one, as he has featured just six times so far this year, completing 90 minutes once and scoring a single goal.