Calvert-Lewin comes through 90 minutes in practice match

15/08/2023 32comments  |  Jump to last

Everton played a behind-closed-doors practice match against Manchester United today where Dominic Calvert-Lewin completed his first 90 minutes since playing almost the full game at Brighton in May.

The striker was scheduled to play 70 minutes but ended up finishing the match at Carrington that United won 2-0 thanks to an own goal and a strike from Scott McTominay

Calvert-Lewin is hoping to put his infamous soft-tissue injury struggles behind him following a summer of patient rehab work and today's workout is likely to be regarded as the final step before he can resume Premier League action, hopefully against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Arnaut Danjuma, Vitalii Mykolenko, Ben Godfrey and Jarrad Branthwaite also boosted their fitness with run-outs.

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Everton travel to Villa Park this weekend hoping not only that Calvert-Lewin can play a part but that they can also pick up their first points of the new season after Saturday's disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Fulham.


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Dave Williams
1 Posted 15/08/2023 at 17:25:32
Lost 0-2.

Calvert-Lewin played the whole game.

Jay Harris
2 Posted 15/08/2023 at 17:45:08
Calvert-Lewin, Godfrey, Branthwaite and Myolenko got the full 90 in as far as I can see while Danjuma got some minutes while "Still gaining match fitness".

Own goal and Scott McTominay for the goals.

Brian Harrison
3 Posted 15/08/2023 at 18:53:08
Reports I have read said Branthwaite, Godfrey, Mykolenko, Calvert-Lewin and Danjuma played.

Calvert-Lewin played the 70 minutes they had agreed to give him. Man Utd led 1-0 at half-time, own goal, didn't say who scored it, and McTominay scored a 2nd. Didnt, give any more details than that.

I have seen another report that isn't substantiated that said Man Utd won 4-0 there is only 1 report saying that. I know Maguire and Martial played for them.

Dan Nulty
4 Posted 15/08/2023 at 20:05:59
Great news. Second 45 minutes on Saturday please.
Rob Halligan
5 Posted 15/08/2023 at 20:14:22
I’m guessing Chermiti didn’t play any part in this game?
Christy Ring
6 Posted 15/08/2023 at 20:22:05
Good to see Dom, Arnie and Branthwaite get a game under their belt.
Garry Martin
7 Posted 15/08/2023 at 20:23:52
"Déjà vu" again, again, again, again – give us a break!
Sean Kelly
8 Posted 15/08/2023 at 20:37:04
I'm bored with the Calvert-Lewin saga. Get a striker in and let Dom compete for a place.
Denis Richardson
9 Posted 15/08/2023 at 20:48:59
How long before they spring the Maguire for Onana swap on us?

Because we're obviously in dire need of another centre-back….

David Bromwell
10 Posted 15/08/2023 at 20:54:57
Good news, but we lost. Some will say that doesn't matter but when fitness is concerned I think it always helps to get into a winning habit.
Kieran Kinsella
11 Posted 15/08/2023 at 21:14:37
Danny Williamson got 10 minutes on the pitch as part of his long road to recovery. Shani Tarashaj failed a late fitness test.
Ben King
12 Posted 15/08/2023 at 21:22:36
David #7,

What difference does it make?

We were unbeaten in pre-season but lost our opening fixture.

I'd rather win when it matters.

Si Pulford
13 Posted 15/08/2023 at 22:01:00
Cue boring comments about him breaking a nail and people insinuating he’s happy to be injured or not committed. The lad is watching his career fall apart because his body is failing him and somehow being blamed.
Olalekan Taofik
14 Posted 15/08/2023 at 22:08:43
Good to hear about this fitness update.
John Charles
15 Posted 15/08/2023 at 22:20:51
Can't understand how he can come thru a full 90 minutes on Tuesday but not play 1 minute on Saturday. Remarkable improvement in 3 days.
Bill Gienapp
16 Posted 15/08/2023 at 22:48:34
Kieran (8) - I'm always here for a Shani Tarashaj reference
Tom Bowers
17 Posted 15/08/2023 at 22:54:51
The nagging injury is a problem that has plagued so many Everton players over the years.

DCL was just coming off arguably his best season 2 seasons ago when this happened.
Dwight McNeill also was starting to show his worth when he got crocked. There are others like Gbamin and Gibson who where conspicuous by their time absent and of course many others.

Sure all clubs have players getting injured but a club like Everton without the resources of the big clubs just don't have the replacement players to come in and keep the team competitive.

We all hope Dom. is finally over the hump and can make a big contribution this season alongside the likes of Chemiti and Harrison.

Si Pulford
18 Posted 15/08/2023 at 23:45:59
John his missus had a baby on Friday night. Would you have gone to work on Saturday morning? There is no conspiracy here.
Mark Taylor
19 Posted 16/08/2023 at 00:55:00
Yep, fine, but when he plays 10 games in a row, I'll start to accept he might be our main striker again, form permitting.
Paul Birmingham
20 Posted 16/08/2023 at 01:24:11
The result doesnt count, but good news in that D C L, has, come through with no injuries.. Hopefully.

I hope that theres no posts suggesting that Amadou, ot Gareth are being sold for a combined £50M, to United over the next few days.

That would be a bad kick in the nuts, to take, hopefully nothing will happen.


Si Cooper
21 Posted 16/08/2023 at 01:27:46
Good news. We need him ASAP. Villa should show us what trajectory we are on, although they didn’t hold together as a supposed potential gate-crasher to the top six should once Mings got injured at the weekend.
Christopher Timmins
22 Posted 16/08/2023 at 09:01:51
Another step, small one I accept, in the right direction for DCL. Hopefully, he gets some minutes at the weekend, preferably from the off. and puts his injury nightmare to bed.
Kim Vivian
23 Posted 16/08/2023 at 09:25:26
James and Fran - Yes... what you both say.
Brendan Fox
24 Posted 16/08/2023 at 10:32:46
I do wish people would stay on the topic of the original post when commenting rather than veering off onto a different topic altogether, especially when that tangent spirals into a full blown debate amongst different people.

Going back to the original topic it's good to see Calvert-Lewin played the full 90 minutes in this training game, hopefully he plays at least 45-60 minutes against Aston Villa to give the team a focal point in attack.

Martin Reppion
25 Posted 16/08/2023 at 11:27:14
A fully functional Calvert-Lewinis the difference between winning games and not competing. As all players get injured at times, not always for the thick end of two years, some sort of cover is required.

Whether this is a promising youngster, a seasoned pro, or a regular player who can cover the position is irrelevant. At the moment we lack any of those. The new signings or Tom Cannon may prove to be cover, but for a like-for-like, we may be awaiting this season's Joshua King on transfer deadline day. (I still would not be averse to Antonio or Ileanacho in the absence of a name signing.)

Playing the waiting game has been a financial necessity. But the signings we have made all improve on what we have. I trust that the behind the scenes action is the legs of the Swan swishing around while we see the ugly duckling float around apparently effortlessly.

I think that, by the end of the month, we will have seen some significant change, if not to the starting eleven, which bar a fit and competent man up front is very capable, but to the off the bench options, which at the moment would not worry a Sunday morning pub team.

Michael Kenrick
29 Posted 16/08/2023 at 13:01:03
Point taken, Brendan.

Bear with me while I create some additional threads and move the off-topic posts out of your line of sight.

Mick Davies
31 Posted 16/08/2023 at 13:20:41
Michael, could you please let me know why my posts are being taken down? If I'm doing something wrong, then I'll be able to change it as long as I'm informed
Kevin Prytherch
32 Posted 16/08/2023 at 13:22:46
Mick 34 - your Tom Davies post is now on the Tom Davies thread
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
35 Posted 16/08/2023 at 14:15:02
Mick Davis,

Please post on topic, on thread. Otherwise, your post may be moved or deleted.

If you think you've got something new to say, please submit it as a mailbag item and we'll do the rest.

Thank you for your continuing support and enthusiasm.

Brian Wilkinson
36 Posted 16/08/2023 at 16:39:06
I cannot get my head around why we could not have Calvert-Lewin on the bench last Saturday, yet he can play a full 90 mins a few Days later, in a behind a closed door match, he was sat next to Deli Ali at the game, so why not put him on the bench, if he was at the game, surely he could have managed a cameo role towards the end of the match, if we were in full control, no need to put him on, but at 1 nil down, we could have thrown him on and give Fulham something to think about.

When Mitrovic came on, he looked like he had been eating out on takeaways, but he soldiered through the game, but Fulham gambled and it paid off, with the lead up to their winning goal.

I know it is to get his fitness up, but surely to god we could have had him on the bench, it wasn’t like we were saving him for the Villa game, with playing a full 90 mins a couple of Days later.

Is it not better to give Dom some minutes here and there, for the first team, rather than a 90 min work out in a nothing game.

Sean O’Hanlon
37 Posted 17/08/2023 at 09:30:50
Brian (#33),

Totally agree with you. If Calvert-Lewin was on the pitch for even 10 minuutes for the Fulham game, and all the chances we were creating, he could have slotted one home.

The strange thing about Sean Dyche is he's afraid to take a small gamble, which could have netted us 3 points or even one! Now we have zero points from a home game, due to his innate stupidity.

He certainly takes risks — by using Neal Maupay, we are effectively playing with 10 men!

Dan Nulty
38 Posted 17/08/2023 at 10:49:49
Whilst I agree with the sentiment, the other side of the argument is look at De Bruyne, just back from injury and breaks down because Pep rushed him back.

If Calvert-Lewin had played and broke down again, we'd all be having kittens.

90 minutes injury free on Tuesday is a massive step forward but I still don't expect him to start. They will be running all sorts of tests this week to see how his body has reacted. I'd expect him to be on the bench.

The biggest issue for me is that we haven't made signing a replacement, who can immediately come in and stick the ball in the net, a priority. Harrison may prove to be a good signing but I can't fathom us not buying someone to play up front as a priority.

Maybe Danjuma is showing enough in training to play up front on his own instead of Maupay? I guess we will see on Saturday but, given Villa's high line, I'd have Maupay practising one-on-ones all week.

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