Everton manager Rafa Benitez will be without Dominic Calvert-Lewin for at least another three-weeks as the striker continues his recovery from injury, according to the Daily Mail.
Calvert-Lewin has not featured for a single second since the Toffees’ beat Brighton 2-0 on August 28. He scored his third goal of the season at the Amex Stadium, but had to exit the field in the 70th-minute and has been unavailable for Benitez ever since.
The forward has struggled with a quadriceps injury since visiting Brighton and suffered a setback in his rehabilitation during October. Everton have been sending Calvert-Lewin to a specialist for treatment on the injury, but his return is not immediately forthcoming.
Benitez is likely to be without Calvert-Lewin for at least three more weeks, possibly taking the 24-year-old’s absence to 16-weeks. A big blow for the Blues as they strive to find form.
Everton will host Arsenal at Goodison Park on Monday night, before trips to London to face Crystal Palace and Chelsea. The Merseysiders will also host Leicester before Christmas.
A three-week wait for Calvert-Lewin’s recovery would take the striker’s return date up to Everton’s Boxing Day trip to Burnley. They then host Newcastle United four-days later.
On-going Calvert-Lewin wait a big injury blow for Everton and Benitez
Benitez facing a three-week wait to finally welcome Calvert-Lewin back from injury is a big blow for the Everton boss. The Toffees are crying out for the England international to lead their attack again, after a run of eight Premier League games without a win, drawing two.
Everton beat Burnley 3-1 at Goodison in their first fixture without the 11-cap striker playing in September. However, they have only scored more than one goal in a game twice since.
The Merseyside outfit, who scored at least two goals in all three games that Calvert-Lewin played and scored in during August, have missed his physicality and ability to lead the line.
Benitez has simply been unable to reproduce what Calvert-Lewin offers Everton, and what Ian Wright lauds, from his alternatives Richarlison and Solomon Rondon since his injury.
“He does all the things a striker does,” Wright enthused on his podcast last year. “Near post, far post, link the play, unbelievable in the air [and] he wins his own flick-ons.”