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Everton boss hopes to have Dominic Calvert-Lewin back for Boxing Day

Everton manager Frank Lampard provided an injury update on Dominic Calvert-Lewin ahead of the Premier League clash at Bournemouth this weekend.

Lampard revealed that the 25-year-old is suffering from three injuries, but he hopes to have the striker back for Boxing Day. 

The former Sheffield United star will miss the upcoming league fixture at the Vitality Stadium this weekend. 

Calvert-Lewin’s season has been plagued by a knee injury he picked up on the eve of the season. He has made only six Premier League appearances, scoring once.

According to Lampard, the centre-forward also dislocated his shoulder against Newcastle United last month and has since sustained a hamstring issue. 

“The hamstring is a small injury, probably ten days,” said Lampard (as per The Athletic). “The shoulder is a whack he took against Newcastle and had a recurrence against Fulham.

“He has been strapped up a lot. It’s something that’s been looked at by a specialist yesterday and doesn’t need surgery.

“Then he still has the knee, so he has been getting through with some issues. The knee is probably the most important injury we want to get right, which is a similar injury to what he had before.

“It’s been aggravated, and this period gives us time to get it back right.”

Calvert-Lewin enjoyed a stellar 2020-21 season when he struck 21 goals and contributed five assists in 39 appearances across all competitions. 

However, he failed to make a similar impact during the next campaign as he bagged only five goals in 18 matches. This season has been even worse as he has completed 90 minutes just once. 

Calvert-Lewin is a special talent who can be a joy to watch on the pitch. He is highly rated for his aerial dominance.

However, he is rarely available due to his injury problems which are hampering his progress. 

The striker would likely have been part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2022 World Cup if not for his fitness issues. 

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