Calvert-Lewin given more time to fully recover

18/09/2022 6comments  |  Jump to last

Frank Lampard has explained that Dominic Calvert-Lewin was left out of the matchday squad to face West Ham today in order to maximise his recovery time from what the manager described as a complicated injury.

The striker had been expected to be on the team sheet today for the first time since damaging a knee just days before the start of the season, a continuation of the injury frustration he endured in 2021-22 during which he made just 15 starts either side of a serious quad muscle problem.

However, he was not among the 20 players selected for today's match, leading to concern among supporters that his latest comeback attempt had been scuppered by a recurrence of his latest injury.

However, at appears that while he had been involved in full first-team training for the previous 10 days the decision was taken to risk him until after the break for internationals.

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It was my choice with Dominic given the [injury] history and the international break we have coming up, Lampard said when asked about Calvert-Lewin before the game today. It’s a chance for him to get even fitter after a slightly complicated injury.

Everton don't play again now until 1st October when they travel to Southampton and Calvert-Lewin will be hoping to be among the party that travels to the south coast for that match.


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Ben King
1 Posted 18/09/2022 at 20:16:02
Disappointed not to see him but, given we won and Calvert-Lewin was not reinjured then Frank is vindicated.

Obviously Calvert-Lewin's return, fitness and form is so important so it's probably sensible to maximise our chances of keeping him well.

Frustrating because prior to last season he had no injuries and since then he had a tonne of them.

(Superb goal by Maupay, BTW)

Andrew Bentley
2 Posted 18/09/2022 at 21:59:04
This makes sense. Why rush him back for one match when there is another 2 week break looming and he can focus with the right people around him to get his full fitness up before he gets thrust back into matches.

If this means we can get him back on the pitch for consecutive matches and a run of games then great!

Paul Kernot
3 Posted 19/09/2022 at 04:26:03
We may have been singing a different tune if we hadn't won but all's well that ends well. There were at least a couple of crosses today that I though a fit Dom might have gotten on the end of but as Ben said, Maupay finished really well. We're off & running!
Jim Bennings
4 Posted 19/09/2022 at 10:14:19
I'm happy enough with Maupay to lead that line for a while.

I hope I'm wrong but I get a feeling it's gonna be another stop start season for Calvert-Lewin.

It's one thing getting fit in training but the body holding up over a number of physically draining matches is another matter.

I'm already looking at Anthony Gordon blowing out of his arse after 40 minutes in the last few games much in the same way Geri Deulofeu used to.

I reckon if we get 15 starts out of Calvert-Lewin we'll do well.

Lampard will no doubt have a striker lined up for January.

Bill Gienapp
5 Posted 19/09/2022 at 18:57:16
No complaints here. We might have stashed Calvert-Lewin on the bench with a strict "In case of emergency, break glass" mindset in the last 15 minutes or so, but it all worked out nicely and I think the additional time before re-entering the fray can only benefit him.
Peter Hodgson
6 Posted 20/09/2022 at 08:31:01
Like Jim Bennings @ 4 I also have worries about Calvert-Lewin. Maybe it is just a nagging thought in the back of my mind that is imaginary rather than real… but it won't go away.

I hope I am wrong because I also don't think there is any intention to bring another striker in during the next (expensive) window as Jim does.

If the worst comes to the worst and he doesn't get fit, and stay that way, we are in trouble. You only have to look at the goals-for column for confirmation of that.

Sorry for being negative so soon after our first win against the Hammers.

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