‘That’s the best start point’ – Dyche confirms key player won’t feature for Everton against Chelsea

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton’s striker, is unlikely to feature in their upcoming Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday.

As writes the SM, the 26-year-old has suffered from various injuries during the 2022-23 season, resulting in him playing only 12 games thus far. Calvert-Lewin’s last appearance for Everton was during their 1-0 win against Burnley on February 4, which also happened to be Sean Dyche’s first game in charge.

Unfortunately, a hamstring injury has caused him to miss the last six games, and he is now expected to miss the Chelsea match after Dyche revealed that the player “has felt something” which prevented him from training on Thursday. Dyche emphasized the need for caution with Calvert-Lewin’s injury and that the player himself must take care of it.

Everton boss said: “He wasn’t overly in my thinking for the Chelsea game regardless of anything else because [then] the international break comes and we can hopefully use that more wisely.

“We are trying to get him as strong as he was two years ago and back to that statistical level as well in terms of how we think and how he feels.”

Dyche added about a possible return date for Calvert-Lewin: “We’ll see. There’s nothing other than me wanting to get him out there training every day and feel good about that. That’s the best start point and take it from there.”