Everton: Huge injury blow as striker suffers late groin injury ahead of Manchester City clash

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Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has suffered an injury in training, posing serious question over his involvement in today’s game against Manchester City. The Englishman was expected to start against the reigning champions and current league leaders City as Frank Lampard’s boys host Pep Guardiola’s men at Goodison Park.

Calvert-Lewin has had one of the worst seasons of his footballing career as the forward has picked up three different injuries that has kept him out for almost entirety of the season up till now. The 24 year old started the season in fine fashion, scoring three goals in three Premier League games before a foot injury ruled him out for a significant period.

When close to returning, he suffered a quadriceps injury which further ruled him out for eight to ten weeks. In this period, Everton’s on field performances continued to deteriorate. Another knock in January 2022 meant that he missed the FA Cup tie against Brentford.

He finally returned to the squad after four month long injury but lacked match fitness which was glaringly visible. At the moment, the player just cannot catch a break as he seems to have suffered another injury.

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Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin to undergo late fitness test

According to El Bobble, Calvert-Lewin suffered a minor groin injury in training. However, Lampard will give every chance to Calvert-Lewin to prove his fitness ahead of the game. He will undergo a late fitness test to check if he has overcome the injury.

This could be a huge blow if Calvert-Lewin fails to prove his fitness. With Calvert-Lewin in attack, Everton hoped to salvage some result in the game but if he’s unable to play, the Toffees will have a big hole to fill.

But on the flipside, resting Calvert-Lewin might not be the worst outcome. Everton have a minimal chance to inflict damage on City, at least on paper. Given the upcoming games and a potential relegation battle on their hands, the Toffees will need a fit and firing Calvert-Lewin. If there’s a risk of aggravating the injury by playing him today, Lampard will likely keep the Englishman on the bench.

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