Dominic Calvert-Lewin remains out for the game against Tottenham as he still hasn’t trained with the Everton squad, Sean Dyche has revealed.
Spurs travel to Goodison Park on Monday (3 April) as the Toffees look to keep pace in an unprecedented nine-team relegation battle.
But the star striker is still some way off a return but his recovery is developing positively in the manager’s eyes, who confirmed there were no new injury worries from the international break.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Thursday (30 March) the Toffees boss said, after straight-batting questions about the FFP situation, via the Liverpool Echo: “There is nothing too major on the injury front. So far so good. Dominic hasn’t trained with the group but is back on the grass. He is making good progress. There is no timescale.”
Dyche also confirmed that Nathan Patterson is “fit” but made no commitments on the young Scot getting back into the side.
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The late leveller at Stamford Bridge on 18 March sent the club into the international break on a relative high, having put together a three match unbeaten run and climbed out of the drop zone.
All that can change in a weekend with the relegation battle so tight, and with Everton playing on Monday the table has the potential to look a lot less positive by kick-off.
Spurs are clearly no easy task but three out of four 1-0 wins at Goodison Park shows this side know what to do under Dyche at home.
With Tottenham having just sacked Antonio Conte they are somewhat of an unknown quantity in terms of how they will react.
The Toffees will have to be cautious of a bounce with the growing negative atmosphere around the Italian having been lifted, as well as their strong record in games where Christian Stellini has filled in for Conte previously.
Maintaining the momentum that was built up before the break from domestic action is a key consideration, and with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United next up on 8 April, some points here would be very useful.
And with the Premier League charge now hanging over the club the fans could do with a positive development on the pitch.