Dominic Calvert-Lewin ruled out for up to five weeks, likely to miss Everton clash v Bournemouth
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is likely to miss the final game of the season between Everton and Bournemouth after suffering a hamstring injury.
The striker was forced off injured at the end of the first-half against Wolves, leaving fans and staff worried about his ability to take part in the must-win game to secure their Premier League status for next season.
But according to The Telegraph (23 May), the England international is likely to need five weeks to heal from the injury and while the club will give him every chance to be fit the expectation is that he won’t be able to play.
“While Everton are desperate to give him every chance to make a miraculous recovery to at least take a place on the substitutes’ bench, the growing expectation is Calvert-Lewin will not recover in time to play against Bournemouth, with sources claiming the injury may need as long as five weeks to heal,” they wrote.
This is nothing short of a disaster, but it just summarises exactly why we’re in the position that we’re in to begin with.
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Without Calvert-Lewin the morale of the fan-base drops horribly because he is our only genuine and reliable source of goals in the team, while stylistically he is the best option for Sean Dyche up front.
Everton know that a win will guarantee survival for the new season, but anything less will open the door for one of Leicester City or Leeds United to potentially pip them to 17th place should they end up with results going in their favour.
Without our main striker though Dyche now has a huge decision to make on the shape of the team but also on who replaces him. Previously we had our best run of results with Demarai Gray leading the line but he isn’t a natural striker, while Neal Maupay and Ellis Simms have struggled.
After being in a situation that looked so promising, things have just got much tougher ahead of a huge game.