By Dr Rajpal Brar

18th Aug, 2023 | 11:10am

We’re delighted to welcome injury expert Dr Rajpal Brar as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the injury situation at Everton...

Everton must look to cash in on the reported interest shown in him by Roma due to his injury record, believes Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert has assessed the England international’s availability over the years and believes that his lack of fitness is one of the main reasons why the Toffees are looking for another striker after signing Youseff Chermiti.

According to Corriere dello Sport [23 July], Roma are interested in signing the 26-year-old this summer amid the uncertainty over his place in the club’s starting eleven.

Discussing his situation exclusively with Goodison News, Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, said, “I’d reckon that Calvert-Lewin’s injury history is a significant driver of Everton’s search for a new striker and it’s one they have to do.

Calvert-Lewin’s talent is undeniable and although I gave him the benefit of the doubt two seasons ago where he attempted to play through a big toe injury which then led to a string of problems.

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This is now two seasons where he’s been consistently off the pitch.

The saying goes – the best ability is availability – and I believe he’s not available once again.

I think Roma see a potential market opportunity to acquire a talented player at a significantly reduced fee, a ‘distressed asset’ in business speak, part of which is believing the slower pace and intensity of Serie A will benefit him.

It’s a high risk/high reward move but that is the type of move cash-strapped teams have to make.

Sean Dyche admitted that the English striker ran out of time to get fit in pre-season but still needs game time before he can play 90 minutes.

He did not feature in the opening day defeat against Fulham and remains a doubt for Saturday’s game against Aston Villa on Sunday, 20 August.

The manager will confirm his availability on Friday but chances of him starting the match appear to be very less, as things stand.

In exclusive Everton news, the Toffees are now in a transfer race with Juventus and Napoli to sign an ex-Premier League attacker.