Everton suffer big Dominic Calvert-Lewin blow as freak injury rules striker out of Prem opener

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton striker, warms up before Premier League game against Burnley at Turf Moor

England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out of Everton’s Premier League opener against Chelsea after suffering a “freak” injury in training.

Toffees’ boss Frank Lampard has confirmed the 25-year-old will miss Saturday’s clash with the Blues at Goodison Park with a knee problem suffered in training.

Lampard told the club’s official website: “We are assessing Dom’s injury. No timeframe has been confirmed and we are pretty sure what level it is. So we are hopeful it is not long-term.

“We’ll miss him for Chelsea. He was looking in great physical condition and was training really well. It was a freak injury in training, which does happen.

“It’s a shame but we have to find the solutions to keep ourselves strong without Dominic before he returns.”

Calvert-Lewin, who missed four months of last season with a persistent muscle injury, is being assessed by Everton’s medical staff and undergoing treatment.

At this stage, it’s unclear if he will miss any further game time.

After taking on Chelsea, the Toffees face Aston Villa away and Nottingham Forest at home. August rounds out with trips to Brentford and Leeds United.

Calvert-Lewin’s absence will be met even harder after the club parted company with Richarlison this summer.

The Brazilian joined Tottenham in a £50million deal and Calvert-Lewin’s injury leaves Salomon Rondon as Lampard’s only central striking option for the game against Chelsea.

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