Frank Lampard has supplied an replace on Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s damage forward of Everton’s ‘robust’ Premier League opener in opposition to Chelsea.
Everton start the Premier League season in opposition to Chelsea at Goodison Park this weekend, with the Toffees seeking to bounce again from a disappointing 2021/22 marketing campaign.
Lampard will come up in opposition to his former aspect on the opening weekend and admits his aspect having been given a tough opening project.
“It’s a troublesome recreation to begin the season. It’s good to be at dwelling in entrance of their dwelling followers. It’s good to have a comparatively clear slate in the beginning of the season. I by no means felt that we had that,” Lampard mentioned at his pre-match press convention.
“Chelsea have been at all times going to be a tough opponent due to the standard of the squad, the standard of the supervisor. We simply need to take it as that.”
Everton have, nonetheless, been dealt a serious blow after Calvert-Lewin sustained an damage in coaching this week, with the England worldwide anticipated to overlook round six weeks with a knee drawback.
The 24-year-old made simply 15 league begins final season because of persistent health issues and Lampard admits his aspect can be impacted by the ahead’s absence.
“Shedding a participant like Dominic going into the primary week is clearly going to have an effect on you. I feel we’re in all probability six weeks for the damage.
“It comes with the territory of getting a squad and coaching at this degree. We’ll need to work round it and different gamers should arrange and do the job and hopefully six weeks passes comparatively shortly and we get Dominic again.”
Everton are in need of choices at centre-forward following Calvert-Lewin’s damage and the sale of Richarlison to Tottenham. Salomon Rondon can also be suspended for the opening fixture after a purple card in opposition to Brentford final season, leaving the Toffees and not using a recognised ahead for the conflict with Chelsea.
Lampard prompt that the signing of a brand new ahead is on the membership’s agenda earlier than the closure of the switch window.
“We clearly misplaced Richarlison. He was versatile throughout the entrance as properly. We’re very conscious of the areas that we need to strengthen. Going into the primary recreation with Salomon [Rondon] suspended as properly makes it fairly clear that that could be one of many areas we have a look at.”
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