Alan Shearer shares Dominic Calvert-Lewin injury claim for Everton showdown v Bournemouth
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is “very doubtful” to play for Everton in their final game of the Premier League season against Bournemouth next week, according to Alan Shearer.
Calvert-Lewin, 26, was forced off the pitch in first-half stoppage time with what looked like a hamstring injury in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Wolves on Saturday (20 May).
Sean Dyche’s men have one game remaining this season, which is against Bournemouth at Goodison Park on Sunday, 28 May.
Shearer was impressed by Calvert-Lewin’s first-half performance against Wolves and suggests it’ll be a loss for the Blues if he’s not fit to play against the Cherries.
Speaking on Match of the Day on Saturday night (20 May, 26m,08s), Shearer said: “They’ve got a focal point with Calvert-Lewin in there because at times, they can do that and he gives them that threat in the box.
“He makes a really clever run here, which then makes space for the ball to come to the far side.
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“And it’s a wonderful ball in [by Iwobi] and it should be in the back of the net.”
Shearer then added: “They already had Patterson go off with an injury. He (Calvert-Lewin) then goes off with what looks like a hamstring injury, which makes him very doubtful for next week.”
Calvert-Lewin’s had a major impact for Everton since returning to fitness.
In the five games he started before the trip to Wolves, the Toffees have picked up five points out of the available 15.
It’s not a huge number of points but it could be five points that keep the Blues in the Premier League.
He scored in a 2-2 draw at Leicester and played masterfully in the 5-1 demolition job at Brighton, chipping in with an assist for one of the goals.
Everton look very toothless without the former Sheffield United striker but it showed on Saturday at Wolves that they’re able to score without him.
Yes, it took a bit of a goalmouth scramble and an overload of centre-backs at the back post for Yerry Mina to score a 100th-minute equaliser at Molineux.
But that could be all it takes against Bournemouth if we’re able to defend well.
Survival isn’t quite in Everton’s hands because Leeds and Leicester both still have two games to play but you’d imagine that a win over Bournemouth should be enough as you don’t see either of those two teams winning all of their remaining games.