Everton news: Frank Lampard hopeful Dominic Calvert-Lewin's 'freak' injury is not long-term

Everton manager Frank Lampard is hopeful that Dominic Calvert-Lewin's 'freak' training injury will not rule him out of long-term action.

The knee problem will definitely keep the 25-year-old out of Saturday's clash with Chelsea at Goodison Park.

Rumours are already starting to circulate that Calvert-Lewin could be facing three months on the sidelines and so-called scans have revealed a tear to his lateral collateral ligament, although Everton are downplaying any fears.

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.

Lampard told Everton'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 missed Everton's friendly at Blackpool, then scored the opening goal in the 3-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv last Friday.

Everton have serious issues in the striker department ahead of the clash with Chelsea, especially as Salomon Rondon is suspended.

They are likely to use their attacking midfielders to plug holes, with Dele Alli possibly being used in a 'false nine'. Youth academy prospect Lewis Dobbin could also be called upon.

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