Everton fear Dominic Calvert-Lewin may have sustained a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s night FA Cup fifth round win over Tottenham Hotspur.
That’s according to assistant coach Duncan Ferguson, who voiced concerns that the striker may be facing another spell on the sidelines while speaking with BT Sport (10/2) after the final whistle.
Calvert-Lewin had started the Goodison Park affair and struck his side’s initial equalising goal after Davinson Sanchez opened the scoring in the early stages, before assisting Gylfi Sigurdsson twice in five minutes as half-time neared.
Calvert-Lewin has now scored 18 goals and provided four assists in 25 games across all competitions, to mark the 2020/21 campaign as his most prolific season yet, and losing him for any period of time is clearly a costly setback.
The Toffees lost their top-scorer in the 55th minute of the 5-4 FA Cup win, though he could not be replaced by Deadline Day signing Joshua King due to the ex-AFC Bournemouth forward being cup tied.
Ferguson now fears that Everton will be without Calvert-Lewin when the Blues host Fulham at the weekend, looking to reduce the gap to the top-four in the Premier League table.
“It looks like he tweaked his hamstring. We’re not quite sure. It could be a wee bit of trouble for him,” the former Blues striker noted.
Should Calvert-Lewin face a period on the sidelines, it will be the second time this season that Carlo Ancelotti has been without the 23-year-old due to a hamstring injury, after he was ruled out of last month’s league meeting with Wolves and FA Cup clash with Rotherham.
Everton being without Calvert-Lewin for Fulham’s trip to Goodison Park on Sunday will leave Ancelotti needing King to step up, having yet seen the best of what the £10m-rated maestro has to offer since his last-ditch move to Merseyside.
King has only played 12 minutes over two games for the Blues after leaving the Vitality Stadium, with Ancelotti utilising the Norway international as an impact man in the closing stages of a 2-1 win over Leeds and last week’s 3-3 draw with Manchester United.
The 29-year-old left the south coast without a league goal to his name thus far this season, having failed to score in any of his 12 Championship appearances, but had found the back of the net twice against Oldham Athletic and once against Crawley Town in FA Cup ties.
He also assisted efforts in the third and fourth rounds and ended his last term having scored six and created four goals in 26 Premier League outings, to see Kevin Phillips laud him as a “very exciting player” who deserves to play week in, week out in the top-flight.
King should now get that opportunity at Goodison Park if Calvert-Lewin is ruled out, with the £45,000-per-week attacker potentially Ancelotti’s only fit striker after Cenk Tosun joined Besiktas on loan.