English Premier League regulars Everton, who narrowly survived relegation last season, are facing a shaky start to their new campaign with star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin out for six weeks.
The 25-year-old England striker suffered what manager Frank Lampard called an “unusual” knee injury while training for Saturday’s Everton clash with Chelsea at Goodison Park.
Calvert Lewin’s injury leaves the Toffees short on options up front after Richarlison is sold to Tottenham.
“Losing a player like Dominic in the opening week will obviously have an impact,” Lampard said Thursday.
“We probably allow about six weeks for the injury. It’s been evaluated over the course of several days and that’s where we are now.”
“We have to get around that. Other players will have to step up and work. Hopefully six weeks will pass relatively quickly and Dominic will be back.”
The injury will likely mean Calvert-Lewin will miss seven games, including the home Merseyside derby against Liverpool on 3 September.
It would also put a blow to his hopes of regaining a place in the England squad for the World Cup in Qatar starting in November.
Calvert-Lewin missed four months of last season with a persistent muscle injury, limiting him to just 17 Premier League appearances and scoring five goals. In his absence Everton struggled and were pushed to the brink of relegation for the first time since the 1950s.
Calvert-Lewin injury rocks Everton
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