By Daniel Lewis

15th Sep, 2023 | 1:53pm

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 'in the fold', Jack Harrison ruled out again - Early Everton team news v Arsenal

Everton manager Sean Dyche has confirmed that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in contention to return to action against Arsenal this weekend.

The Toffees host Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday [16 September] seeking their first win of the Premier League campaign.

Calvert-Lewin has missed the Toffees’ past two league games due to a facial injury but is ready to feature against the Gunners, while defender Jarrad Branthwaite has also shaken off an injury issue.

However, summer signing Jack Harrison is still not ready to make his debut, despite taking part in full training this week as he recovers from a hip issue.

“Dom is back on the grass again and should be clear. He’s in the fold,” Dyche said at his pre-match news conference on Friday [15 September], via Kick.

“Jack is back on the grass and feeling good. He’s only had a couple of days of full training and isn’t ready yet.

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Huge game

Putting all the off-field issues regarding the 777 Partners takeover to one side, Everton are facing a huge run of games on the field.

The point against Sheffield United prior to the international break helped get the Toffees off the mark for the season after three successive losses.

But one point from four matches, and only two goals scored, leaves them in the relegation zone ahead of the visit of Arsenal.

It is a daunting fixture on the face of it, yet as this corresponding game in February went to show, it could in many ways be the ideal fixture.

Everton will have a vociferous Goodison Park fully behind them on Sunday [17 September] in the hope of properly kick-starting their campaign.

With this the first of three home games out of four games before the next international break, it could prove an early turning point for the season.

Dyche has a big call to make in terms of team selection, namely with regards to who leads the attack, and hopefully those selected turn up.

In other Everton news, a further update has been given on the club’s takeover situation.