‘Great wee player’ earns Everton praise; Calvert-Lewin injury update

Date published: Thursday 11th February 2021 8:57 - James Marshment

Dominic Calvert-Lewin Everton v Tottenham

Everton will send star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin for a scan amid fears he faces a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

The England striker had fired the Toffees level at 1-1 in the 36th minute – his 18th goal of an exceptional season.

The good news for Everton was that they managed to see off Tottenham 5-4 AET to keep alive their FA Cup dreams.

The bad news, however, is the win may come at a price with their star man succumbing to injury.

Calvert-Lewin down after 55 minutes and was unable to continue despite extensive treatment. Although able to walk off, he was replaced by Seamus Coleman.

Speaking after the game, assistant manager Duncan Ferguson confirmed the injury was a worry.

“Dominic is our main striker up there, he scored another great goal tonight,” Ferguson said. “I thought the lads showed good character when he went off the pitch and we still got the goals.

“We’re not quite sure [how long he’ll be out].

“He was complaining about his hamstring when he came off the pitch. We’ve not got an assessment but it does look like a wee bit of a hamstring tweak.”

Bernard praised by Ferguson

One man who did his chances no harm was Brazilian star Bernard.

Less than a fortnight ago after his move to Dubai-based side Al Nasr collapsed, he scored the winner seven minutes into added time.

It kept alive the Toffees’ hopes of a first trophy since 1995 as they secured their first FA Cup quarter-final for five years.

“That’s football. He’s a great wee player. He comes on and makes a great impact and scores the winner so a great moment for him,” Ferguson said of Bernard.

However, should Calvert-Lewin face a spell on the sidelines, Everton at least have a ready-made replacement. That’s in January signing Joshua King, who could come land his first Everton start against Fulham at the weekend.

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