Everton manager Sean Dyche has revealed that investigations will be conducted into Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury problems.
The England international striker is set to miss Saturday’s crucial six-pointer against Leeds United.
Calvert-Lewin was also unavailable for selection when Everton faced Liverpool on Monday.
The 25-year-old has played just 30 games across all competitions since the start of 2021-22.
He picked up a hamstring injury against Arsenal and Dyche wants to get to the root of his problems.
The Everton manager wants to know all about the day-to-day activities of the former Sheffield United striker.
Dyche also plans to do the same with the other players as he looks to get his side to escape relegation.
“I’ve got to learn about his history, his physiological history,” the former Burnley boss said ahead of tomorrow’s game.
“I’ve got to learn what his body will and won’t take, which is what we are trying to do now. We’re speaking to him, the medics, the sports scientists, looking at the stats, training programmes, distance covered, high-speed running, how many kilometres in a week, what’s his diet like, what’s his lifestyle like, what car does he drive, what mattress does he use, how many hours does he sleep a night?
“That’s learning about people. The biggest learning is what is in here [points to his head] and that’s the hard part. I’ll get all the information I can and then share it with him. That’s the process for every player, by the way, not just him.”
Everton have been performing below expectations in front of goal due to Calvert-Lewin’s struggles.
He scored 13 league goals in 2019-20 and 16 league goals the following season. It is no coincidence that the Toffees finished 12th and 10th, respectively, in the Premier League in those two seasons.
The Everton star also earned an international call-up and debut as a result of his form.
Calvert-Lewin has scored just six goals since last term, and that saw him miss out on Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
The striker needs to look in the mirror to start solving his fitness problems. He is not taking care of himself enough, which is impacting him.
The Toffees man has the potential to become one of the best strikers in the world. Unfortunately, he cannot do that by being constantly on the treatment table.
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