Everton rocked by Calvert-Lewin blow

Frank Lampard

Everton boss Frank Lampard has urged his side to “step up” after confirming that striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin may miss the first six weeks of the new Premier League campaign (Everton 7/2 to be relegated).

The England international has endured a tough 12 months through various injury issues, missing four months of last season due to a muscle injury.

Everton missed his presence in the final third, with the 25-year-old unable to help them for the majority of the campaign as they battled against relegation.

Having already sold Richarlison to Tottenham for £60million this summer, Everton were relying heavily on Calvert-Lewin to fire them up the table.

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A knee injury has now scuppered those plans, and Lampard says the club’s board will be doing all they can to improve their fortunes before the transfer window shuts.

“Losing a player like Dominic going into the first week is obviously going to affect you,” Lampard told reporters.

“We’ll have to work around it, and other players will have to step up and do the job. Hopefully, six weeks passes relatively quickly, and we get Dominic back.

“We obviously lost Richarlison. He was versatile across the front as well.

“We’re very aware of the areas that we want to strengthen. Going into the first game with Salomon [Rondon] suspended as well makes it pretty clear that that might be one of the areas we look at.”

Everton start the season on Saturday against Chelsea, with the Toffees 9/2 to collect all three points. The draw is available at 11/4, while Chelsea are 8/13 to start the campaign in style with a victory.

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Author: Lucas Carlson