Sean Dyche has confirmed that Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss this weekend’s game against Chelsea after he “felt something” in training.
The Toffees are desperately short of options up front. Calvert-Lewin has missed much of this campaign through and he will at least be out until the end of this month’s international break.
Calvert-Lewin has played 12 times this season. His last appearance came in February against Arsenal.
Manager Sean Dyche denied Calvert-Lewin had suffered a setback, saying: “He’s just felt something that we’ve had to be careful with.
“We’re still monitoring the situation, being careful, he’s being careful with his body. We’re trying to give him every opportunity.
“He wasn’t overly in my thinking for the Chelsea game regardless of anything else because obviously the international break comes and you can hopefully use that even more wisely.
“We’re trying to get him as strong as he was two years ago and get him back to that statistical level as well. I just want to get him out there training every day and feel good about that, that’s the best start point and we’ll take it from there.”
Dyche, meanwhile, will wait until the international break to talk to Dele Alli, who has struggled on loan at Besiktas and appears to have been frozen out by the Turkish side.
“The news is suggesting that he’s not going to be involved there so I’ll wait and find out during the international break,” said Dyche.
As for Alli’s Everton future, the Toffees boss added: “We’ll have to wait and see and judge things probably in the summer now when we all get back together.”
Defender Conor Coady missed out on inclusion in the England squad on Thursday after losing his place in the Everton side in recent weeks to Michael Keane.
“He’s been an immaculate professional, which everyone knows, or everyone in the game has always suggested and now, having worked with him, I can see why,” said Dyche.
“The fine margins of football and who to play for what reasons, I just made a call on it, that was all. But he’s a high-quality footballer, that’s for sure, fantastic attitude and a leader.
“There’s a number of players who could argue the case of getting in. There’s a lot of good players here that I’m trying to keep alive because things change quickly.”
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