How long Dominic Calvert-Lewin is about to miss with a hamstring injury
Dominic Calvert-Lewin will not be available for Everton when they visit Wolves in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
The 23-year-old was substituted in his side’s loss to West Ham on New Years Day and missed his FA Cup home win over Rotherham with a hamstring problem.
Now manager Carlo Ancelotti has shed some light on his absence, admitting that although he is not available for the Toffees’ trip to Molineux, he doesn’t think Calvert-Lewin suffered a “big” injury.
“He (Calvert-Lewin) had a little problem the week before the game against West Ham,” Ancelotti said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“Because he hadn’t had that kind of injury before he couldn’t judge for himself. He played the whole game against West Ham so it shows it’s really not a big injury but we want to keep him safe and when he comes back to be 100% ”.
Calvert-Lewin has been in good form so far this season and is the club’s top scorer with 14 goals in 19 appearances across all competitions. Their second-best scorer Richarlison has only managed five in comparison, and will also be subject to a late fitness test before taking his place in the squad.
The injury and subsequent uncertainty surrounding a return date have left fans wondering whether or not Everton should look to the transfer market for someone to lighten the burden of goals on Calvert-Lewin’s shoulders.
Cenk Tosun played against Rotherham in his absence and scored the opening goal in a possible 2-1 win, but the consensus is that the Turkish striker, who has had loan spells away from the club, is not the answer for Ancelotti.
However, it’s not just Everton fans who are worried about Calvert-Lewin. News of his injury has frustrated fantasy football players around the world, with a number of managers relying on his goals to send them back to the top of their respective leagues.
Tosun will likely start for Everton and is an affordable similar exchange, although Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette are shaping up for Manchester United and Arsenal respectively and represent decent alternatives for those who wish and can dip a little more into their pockets.