Everton star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks set to be absent for a ‘number of weeks’ following a setback in recovery from a thigh injury. 

The 24-year-old had been expected to return to the fold in the near future having not featured since the 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on August 28. 

On the same day that the England international was linked with a move to mega-rich Newcastle United, the Toffees’ official Twitter account confirmed a prolonged wait for a return to fitness. 

Prior to the injury setback, Calvert-Lewin had scored in every Premier League game and was showing promising signs of eclipsing the exploits of the 2020/21 campaign. 

There was more pain for Rafa Benitez this week as arguably the Blues’ player of the season so far, Abdoulaye Doucoure, suffered a stress fracture in his foot. An injury that is likely to rule the midfielder out for some time. 

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It would seem that it never rains but it pours on Goodison Park this Autumn. 

Despite continued impressive displays amidst an injury crisis, Benitez’ side are heading into a hectic schedule with key players absent. 

Both the £40.50million valued Calvert-Lewin and Doucourse are huge losses to the Spanish manager, albeit caveated by the return to fitness of Richarlison and the lesser-seen Jean-Philippe Gbamin.