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Dominic Calvert-Lewin: Everton forward faces weeks of toe and quad injuries, says Rafael Benitez |  Football news

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is facing a spell with a broken toe and quad injury, Everton manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed.

The 24-year-old, who has scored three goals in as many Premier League games this season, is not part of Everton’s squad to face Burnley on Monday night football.

Asked about the striker’s absence, Benitez confirmed that Calvert-Lewin will be out for at least two or three weeks and will be monitored by the club’s medical staff.

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Everton manager Rafael Benitez speaking ahead of their Premier League game against Burnley

“He broke his toe,” Benitez said. “He trained with problems and played with pain.

“He injured his quadriceps the other day and we have to wait two to three weeks, maybe more.”

It’s a blow to an Everton side who started life under Benitez encouragingly, with Calvert-Lewin emerging as a reliable goalscorer after groundbreaking campaigns in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Calvert-Lewin’s scoring exploits also earned him a senior selection to England in 2020. He has since played 11 times for the Three Lions, scoring four times and was a member of the squad at Euro 2020.

What future for James at Everton?

When James Rodriguez was unveiled as Everton player with great fanfare last September, it was rightly seen as a major blow and a sign of the club’s stated ambition under Carlo Ancelotti.

Found with the Italian for the third time in his illustrious career, the end of his six-year stay at Real Madrid was marked across the city’s landmarks by billboards and a projection on the Albert Dock.

It was not just in Liverpool where Rodriguez’s arrival was making waves. Bogota’s tallest skyscraper, the Torre Colpatria, was illuminated by a spectacular blue light show displaying James’ No.19 jersey. There were also exhibitions in Times Square in New York and Miami Beach.

For those who have yet to see him at Goodison, Rodriguez is considered a one-season wonder in a marriage to Ancelotti that seemed almost too good to be true. But with the departure of his mentor, there was a sense of inevitability that the Colombian would also seek new pastures.

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