April 17, 2024

Sean Dyche has revealed Dominic Calvert-Lewin was touch-and-go to play in the win for Everton against Nottingham Forest but should be fit later in the week, while Amadou Onana is less likely to make a quick comeback.

Despite the significance of the match, Dyche chose not to risk Calvert-Lewin due to his history of injuries, which is one of the reasons both players were missing from the Premier League triumph at the City Ground.

Conversely, Onana is supposedly recovering well, though Dyche hinted that he might not be quite ready to play against Newcastle on December 7.


Dyche disclosed to the Liverpool Echo on December 3rd that Dom was a touch and go relationship due of his past. I believe he has a strong shot for later in the week, provided he has made it through this weekend.

“Amadou might not, we’ll have to wait and see how his week goes, but he is undoubtedly progressing well.”

Fingers crossed for Calvert-Lewin

Beto did his job against Forest and played a part in earning an important 1-0 win for Everton in their bid to escape the relegation zone, but there is an apparent drop in quality between Calvert-Lewin and the summer transfer arrival.

In his 82 minutes on the field, the Portuguese managed just six passes, missed all three of his shoots, and had a 0% success rate when dribbling. [Sofascore]

Their chances of winning the match at Goodison Park will be greatly increased if Calvert-Lewin is able to return to full fitness. Dyche can now feel more confident in his attacking options thanks to the Englishman’s goal-scoring talent.

Calvert-Lewin’s return will be on the mind of many Everton fans who are hopeful he does not suffer another injury setback after his struggles in recent years, but Dyche’s comments suggest this time there is no serious issue and the club have managed his fitness brilliantly.

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