Calvert-Lewin trying German neuro-training treatment

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin has travelled to a renowned neuro-training facility in Germany in the hope that it can resolve his long-running soft-tissue injury problems.

The 26-year-old striker was only able to start around 40% of Everton's Premier League matches over the past two seasons because of a serious quad muscle tear, a knee injury and a number of recurring niggles and strains which has robbed the Blues of one of their most important players.

His most recent comeback from a hamstring problem appeared promising after Sean Dyche instructed the club's medical staff to analyse every aspect of his life — from his bed to the car he drives — and put him on an another individualised and patient rehabilitation programme that would ensure he didn't return until it was felt he was completely ready.

Dyche, who came on board as Everton manager at the end of January, was able to call on Calvert-Lewin for just an hour of his first game in charge before losing him for the next two months, has expressed his belief that the former England international had been rushed back too quickly in the past.

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Unfortunately, after playing a vital role in two key results at Leicester and Brighton in the run-in, Calvert-Lewub broke down again in the penultimate fixture of the campaign at Wolves and, unlike a year ago when he scored the dramatic winner against Crystal Palace, he missed the do-or-die clash with Bournemouth in which the Toffees secured their Premier League survival for another year.

Having taken a break in Qatar this month, Calvert-Lewin is now in Germany at the same clinic where the likes of Manuel Neuer and David Aliba as well as top-level sprinters suffering similar hamstring issues have undergone the neuro training treatment that stimulates the brain and nervous system and provides physical benefits for athletes.

 The pioneer of the treatmen, Lars Leinhard explains: "You have to imagine these nerve pathways like a garden hose. If there is a kink in it, less water reaches it.

"This is one of the most important systems in our body. Clear information is needed here in order to be able to control movements properly.

"The better the visual information is for the brain via the eyes, the higher the quality of our movements. And the better and more pain-free I feel, too. Because pain also takes place in the brain and the visual system activates numerous brain areas that have to do with pain regulation."


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Matt Byrne
2 Posted 08/06/2023 at 19:07:02
Let's hope Dominic has some luck with this treatment and finally has an injury free run. Signings up front will surely happen and it will be up to Calvert-Lewin to get fit and show everyone what we know he's capable of.

Some of you will remember Paul Bracewell's reoccurring ankle injury only finally being resolved with help from American specialists. Hope the same applies to Calvert-Lewin.

Mark Ryan
3 Posted 08/06/2023 at 19:44:59
Let's hope it proves to be just the treatment he needs. A fit Calvert-Lewin would be a huge bonus next season.
Christy Ring
4 Posted 08/06/2023 at 20:26:44
Mark #3 Agree completely, but we still need to bring in another target man, not Weghorst, just for competition.
Matt#2 Regarding Bracewell, who was a favourite of mine, he was a class act, who missed out on Mexico in '86, because of Whitehurst's cowardly assault, but even after they found the 'floating bone', he was never the same player, and we never saw how great he could have been.
Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 08/06/2023 at 20:27:50
The phrase "German neuro-training" sounds vaguely ominous to me.
Brendan McLaughlin
6 Posted 08/06/2023 at 20:35:27
Please Dominic...don't mention the Var!
Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 08/06/2023 at 20:36:39

As described it sounds a lot like scientology dianetics. That seems to work out ok for Tom Cruise so maybe there is hope.

Kevin Prytherch
8 Posted 08/06/2023 at 20:37:58
Can’t believe that my comment (1) has been removed when it was blatantly in jest considering some of the bile that has remained on previous threads regarding DCL.

In serious, and joking aside, barring the finishing I believe that a fully fit DCL is the closest thing to Haaland in the premier league in terms of physical attributes. Hopefully this works

Will Mabon
9 Posted 08/06/2023 at 20:43:59
I've had a kink in my hose before now. The guy has a point.

Dean Williams
10 Posted 08/06/2023 at 20:58:08
Kevin 8. Can I have some if whatever your taking plz
Tony Everan
11 Posted 08/06/2023 at 21:02:23
Mike, one minute he’s training for the Euros against Germany. The next he’s in Germany for neuro-training.
Sounds like he’s getting a slice of his brain removed and a chatGPT chip inserted. It’s good the club are trying everything possible, we live in hope he starts the new season in top condition.

In the meantime we have to plan a forward line without him and treat a fit DCL as a massive bonus. There will be much speculation but Gyokeres is achievable and could make the step up, it’s going to be interesting to see what Thelwell has lined up.

Kevin Prytherch
12 Posted 08/06/2023 at 21:24:41
Dean 10 - name one other striker in the premier league who is as strong, fast and good in the air as Calvert-Lewin…
Tony Abrahams
13 Posted 08/06/2023 at 21:42:09
DCL is both a symptom and a symbol of dysfunctional Everton’s demise, so I hope this treatment works and the club also sign a couple of decent forwards, meaning it might not be so frustrating whenever our only genuine centre forward is injured.
Christy Ring
14 Posted 08/06/2023 at 21:43:33
If it works and we get a fully fit Calvert-Lewin, with no more injury problems, we'll have one of the top strikers in the Premiership. People can laugh and make snide comments, who don't rate him, so why was he on Newcastle and Arsenal's radar before his injuries.
I know it's only paper talk today that Klopp and Utd are looking at Branthwaite, but why would we sell a young player, with height and pace, who should slot straight into the defence this season?
Robert Williams
15 Posted 08/06/2023 at 22:12:15
MG 5. 'The phrase "German neuro-training" sounds vaguely ominous to me"

Me too Neuro and Soft Tissue - it's a no-brainer!

Laurie Hartley
16 Posted 08/06/2023 at 22:47:53
This is worth a try for Calvert-Lewin. I have long held the view that some players require different training methods from their teammates.

I have banged on about the work of the great Moshe Feldenkrais several time over the years. Here I go again:-
The body training of Moshe Feldenkrais

If it was up to me, I would be sending this young man off to a top Feldenkrais practitioner, preferably one of his students. I believe it would be doing him a great service.

Tom Bowers
17 Posted 08/06/2023 at 23:01:48
The lad was doing well 2 seasons ago before the injury plight.

If he cannot get full fitness again then he won't be much use anymore sad to say as he is a likeable lad.

He's not the first nor will he be the last to have a career cut short through nagging injuries.

As it stands now Everton have to focus on getting a quality replacement.

Sam Hoare
18 Posted 08/06/2023 at 23:34:17
I think a fully fit and match sharp DCL probably scores 15-20 goals over 38 games with decent service. He’s the difference between a relegation battle and finishing in or near the top 10. Will we ever get that DCL back? Probably not, but here’s hoping.
Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 08/06/2023 at 23:40:35
Well, I'll say this for Dom, at least he's trying his best.

TW Pop Quiz: Guess who this quote is about:

“Unfortunately, he couldn't make it. The more he couldn't score or contribute, the more the pressure went up. The fans started to boo him and his reaction was not as we expected. We thought he would work harder, fight for the team but he could not.”

You are all correct. That's Besiktas sporting director Ceyhun Kazanci talking about Dele Alli.

Makes me more fully appreciate the guys who do fight through when things get tough, like Dom and Seamus and Keane.

Ben King
20 Posted 08/06/2023 at 23:48:48
Massively admire Dom, Dyche, the club for trying something different.

A very progressive attitude from our new manager.

Si Cooper
21 Posted 09/06/2023 at 00:26:48
Please, please, please let this be the answer! I know we he didn't bag a hatful of goals when he was available but he was still a cut above anyone else we have in that role and will remain so unless we somehow get north of £30 million to splurge on an attacker.

A cured Calvert-Lewin really would be equivalent to a new signing (and not easily replaced for much more than £30 million).

ps: Just read earlier posts and could have opted for “Mark Ryan (3), ditto.”

Si Cooper
22 Posted 09/06/2023 at 00:44:22
“As described, it sounds a lot like Scientology Dianetics.”

Does it? I've obviously gotten hold of the wrong end of the stick for one of / both of these things.

Darryl Ritchie
23 Posted 09/06/2023 at 03:49:41
Don’t know if it’ll solve anything, but it's worth a shot. If Dom gets his soft tissue problem sorted, we get better.

Cross fingers, toes…eyes.

Jerome Shields
24 Posted 09/06/2023 at 07:43:57
Calvert-Lewin has always put hard work in to his physical preparation. Under Dyche, this preparation has been revised and Calvert-Lewin has as always been willing to apply himself in the close season.

In two performances near the end of the season, Calver- Lewin's performance looked transformed under Dyche. I could find no fault in his positioning, ball retention, lay off or bringing other players into play. He had shots on target and was a threat throughout the games.

Good luck to him.

Fran Mitchell
28 Posted 09/06/2023 at 07:57:14
All support behind Dom. His injuries have been devastating for us, and him personally. 2 years ago he was establishing himself as No 2 behind Kane in the England squad. Now he has been described as 'former England striker' by some commentators.

We absolutely cannot rely on him, and we absolutely must sign someone who can compete with him for the starting role (not just an able backup).

But also, we absolutely should not write him off. The chances of us finding a 20-goal-a-season striker this summer are slim-to-none but, if Dom can sort out, or at least better manage, his injury problems, he most definitely can be.

Many players have gone through spells of constant injury, and many have got through them to have long careers.

We must hope Dom can do the same, a fit Dom and we are a mid-table team. Without him and we're relegation fodder.

Ajay Gopal
30 Posted 09/06/2023 at 08:51:42
Well said, Fran (28). A fit Dominic is worth his weight in gold for Everton.

He really started hitting his stride under Ancelotti, but unfortunately Carlo scooted off to Real Madrid, and then Dominic started having his injuries, and playing under Benitez and Lampard must have been soul-destroying.

We are due some luck in signing a striker – the last good striker we signed was Lukaku about 10 years ago. After that, it has been one disaster after another – Sandro Ramirez, Rooney Mk 2, Tosun, Moise Kean, Rondon, Maupay, etc.

A good striking partner for Dominic – and not necessarily they play together – someone like a fit Broja of 2 seasons ago or somebody more senior like Giroud or Dzeko or Costa or Arnatovic would take a lot of pressure off him. We also clearly need a younger upcoming striker like Sulemana of Southampton or similar.

Brian Harrison
31 Posted 09/06/2023 at 09:14:28
Whether it was the club or Dominic who instigated going to Germany to try this treatment, then I think it shows that they are doing everything they can to get Dominic back to full fitness.

I am sure, whatever the outcome, Sean Dyche will make sure that next season we will have a lot more striking options than we had this season.

Pat Kelly
32 Posted 09/06/2023 at 09:33:34
Unfortunately, for now he's unreliable and we have to look for a replacement. We can't go on depending on the undependable. If he ever gets fit, and let's hope he does, then that's a bonus.
Stu Darlington
33 Posted 09/06/2023 at 10:04:49
Good post, Ajay. We definitely need another striker to take the pressure off him if we can get him over his persistent injury problems.

I'm not sure if Broja is over his own serious injury yet, but we do need to pull out all the stops to sign another striker.

I also agree with Pat @32, we can't take the chance he is going to get back to the player he was before; we must assume the worst and act now. If he does get back to full fitness then, as Pat says, that's a bonus.

Nick Page
34 Posted 09/06/2023 at 10:36:47
Ajay - we definitely deserve some luck with strikers. Lady Luck hates us though. Hopefully we can get Dominic fit but we can't rely on him, and it's folly to suggest otherwise and has nearly cost us our club, twice. Shameful mismanagement.

Most clubs find it difficult to get strikers in apart from one. And we all know who that is… Satan's own mob. These fucks have had one season (Benteke) without at least one (!) 20-goal-a-season striker in their side since Shankly took over. It's absolutely astonishing but goes completely unnoticed by the horrible gloating red bastards.

Jack Convery
35 Posted 09/06/2023 at 10:55:19
Good luck, Dom. Your team needs you.
Dave Lynch
36 Posted 09/06/2023 at 11:16:45
There are plenty of decent striker's in world football.
We just have a poor recruitment team.
The red half scour the world for them, I'd never heard of Suarez or Salah before they bought them.
We on the other hand...
Peter Hodgson
37 Posted 09/06/2023 at 11:22:50
Brendan @6, your post made me chuckle. Thank you, as reading about things Everton at the moment is usually not a chuckle-inducing experience.

I hope that this German quack is able to do the trick but our people upstairs must not be allowed to think that Calvert-Lewin is going to come back cured. We have to sign a (non-Maupay type) striker replacement who can score 20 a season without limping off after 30 minutes of his first game and not be seen for the rest of the season. And said replacement, should Calvert-Lewin return fighting fit, has to be capable and willing to be a suitable partner for him.

Not much of an ask then Mr Thelwell!

Trevor Peers
38 Posted 09/06/2023 at 12:27:35
Loads of time before the start of the new season to get new strikers in and drop this pathetic dependence on Calvert-Lewin's fragile fitness. Bollocks!

As long as Kenwright is still around, one thing is guaranteed: we will be in a relegation battle next season with a worse squad than we had this season. The changes at the top we prayed for aren't happening; the feeling of hopelessness hangs over us all.

It's just business as usual with no sign of any new signings. Maybe one day Everton will surprise us and do something positive.

Dave Abrahams
39 Posted 09/06/2023 at 12:33:36
Nick (34),

It might have been before your time but Tony Hateley was a cock-up signing by Shankly although he did score 16 league goals in the one season (?) he was there plus one absolutely brilliant header he scored at Arsenal – unfortunately for Liverpool, it was an own goal!!

Eamonn Turner
40 Posted 09/06/2023 at 12:46:13
How long is this saga going to last? Even if he was world class it would be tiresome by now. Time to move on.
Nick Page
41 Posted 09/06/2023 at 13:38:13
A few years before my time Dave - I’m an early eighties first gamer. My dad always reckoned I was a lucky charm so he kept taking me everywhere, lol. That fella was Mark Hateley’s old man wasn’t he? Also a bit of a donkey. But the point about them getting lucky with strikers is undeniable. Other thing is when most of them go elsewhere they were shite. Poxy bastards. Who have we had with 20+ goals - Latchford, Linekar, Lukaku….
We best go an sign a striker beginning with L
Barry Rathbone
42 Posted 09/06/2023 at 14:40:52
The problem is we have become dependent on a sicknote who actually isn't that good. Yes, he may presently be our best forward but that is small beer we need someone far more effective.

At least one hopefully two replacements should be brought in to let him repair in peace so we can convince Newcastle he's the kiddy and flog him for huge money.

Finn Taylor
43 Posted 09/06/2023 at 14:44:23
Davies - a new contract?

DCL - never fit and not even as good as Lukakus left leg!

At what point does this shitshow EVER turn around?

Pat Kelly
44 Posted 09/06/2023 at 14:49:03
Marc #42, it's only for five years, by which time he should be ready.
Marc Hints
45 Posted 09/06/2023 at 14:52:19

That made me laugh and cheered me up

Raymond Fox
46 Posted 09/06/2023 at 15:24:39
It's looking like our pot is not very full, but then again maybe I'm jumping the gun. A fit Dominic is a good player, but it's looking like he's another one that is injury prone and made of glass. I hope he can prove me wrong.

Let's face it, on the wider front we haven't a clue what's happening inside the club. Surely they don't expect to creep back at the start of the season and pretend that everything is okay?

Dave Abrahams
47 Posted 09/06/2023 at 16:27:08
Mark (41), Mark Hately was a lot better than his dad, you are right though Liverpool have had some cracking strikers since Shankly joined them with Roger Hunt, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen costing them nothing with Ian Rush costing next to nothing from Chester.
Jay Harris
48 Posted 09/06/2023 at 18:21:29
I do believe it will all happen at the beginning of July so there won’t be any additional costs on this years accounts. Something pointed out by a Kieran on another post.
We’re just sorting the fringes out at the moment.
Dan Brierley
49 Posted 09/06/2023 at 19:07:10
Dave 36, you'd never heard of Ajax or Roma before? Both Suarez and Salah were the shites record signings when they joined. Both were also players of the season of their respective clubs, hardly scouring the world.
David West
50 Posted 09/06/2023 at 20:49:03
Dan 49 exactly. We need to sign players at the stage we signed dcl. If I'm right he cost 1m. Went on to win the under21 World Cup and Was valued at 50m 2 years ago.
We could sign 25 players at this level for the cost of 1 andre gomes !

We need to lose the mentality of not wanting to sell players when they are at their prime, for the right price obviously.
In Germany they are excellent at nurturing young players they have identified for small fees. They have no quams about selling at the right price to reinvest. They are buying all the youngest talent developing them and flogging to English clubs for massive profit.
The DOF is so important nowadays, but their job is long term and English clubs want fast success & instant returns on investment, so our DOF needs to be given a chance long term or it will just be another revolving door like the manager.

Dan Brierley
51 Posted 10/06/2023 at 14:19:26
Agreed David, Thelwell appears to be getting rid of older players on higher wages. We know there is very little cash, so it will be interesting to see how he adapts his policy.

I'm also one of the very few that believes Dyche will be able to develop 24-year-old Tom Davies into a replacement for Idrissa Gueye. We need what little cash we have for attacking players, not centre-backs like Coady or defensive midfielders.

Si Cooper
52 Posted 11/06/2023 at 15:12:37
I get the worries that he will never be right again but I'm surprised by those who don't think he is any good. When he did eventually play, I actually thought some of his touches were an upgrade on anything we've really seen from him before, and those things usually take a good while to become second nature when you haven't been in a match situation for a good while. If he can get his injury problems sorted, I think he will be a great asset for us.

I'm also surprised by those wishing Ben Godfrey away. The lad has had a couple of wilderness years but I'd like to see if Sean Dyche can sort him out this pre-season before we ditch the only really quick defender we have. Even Tarkowski gives us plenty of heart-in-the-mouth moments and yet he seems to be considered indispensable.

I believe both Calvert-Lewin and Godfrey have 5-year contracts. At 26 and 25, I think we can give them 6 more months before abandoning hope.

Joe Hurst
53 Posted 14/06/2023 at 09:42:09
The ‘Neuro Therapy Centre’ have been a massive help to me, I couldn’t recommend them any more highly.
Of course, the help they’ve been giving me is because of my MS, that and the fact that my next birthday will be my fiftieth - all add to the long list of reasons why I wasn’t ever able to help our team
(that and the fact that I was always s*** on my left foot, even though I could strike a shot sweetly with my right)…ah well
Justin Doone
54 Posted 14/06/2023 at 13:15:30
Like Gbamin, Mina, Dunc and many others including Don I'm of the opinion their career as a Premier League footballer is over. For a young, fit, healthy athlete to repeatedly pick up injuries and continually break down over a 2 or 3 year period I don’t see how they ‘get over it’ to establish themselves in such a physically and demanding league.

Get him fit and sell him. I think for a converted midfielder Dom has become a very good striker. I just don't think he'll play more than half the games and we can't afford to carry any players nor should we be looking to give him a new big long term contract.

Learn from past mistakes and look for a ready made replacement whilst our youngsters continue to improve out on loan or offer back-up. Hint, there are still many good, affordable players in the French, German and Dutch leagues.

Simon Dalzell
55 Posted 17/06/2023 at 14:47:49
What are the odds he catches German Measles.
Will Mabon
56 Posted 17/06/2023 at 15:00:37
Simon :-)
Brent Stephens
57 Posted 17/06/2023 at 15:18:54
Simon #55 I'll believe it when I see him spotted at John Lennon Airport.

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