Everton fear striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss the opening weeks of the season after suffering a suspected knee injury in training.

In news that will come as a major blow to Toffees boss Frank Lampard and Calvert-Lewin’s hopes of making England’s World Cup squad, the striker is set to miss the opening weeks of the season. 

Calvert-Lewin will continue to be assessed but the initial concern is that the striker will miss the opening four to six weeks, though it remains to be seen if further tests find more damage.

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin could miss four to six weeks with a knee injury

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin could miss four to six weeks with a knee injury 

It could leave Frank Lampard without a recognised striker against Chelsea this weekend

It could leave Frank Lampard without a recognised striker against Chelsea this weekend

There is confidence he has not suffered a serious cruciate injury, nevertheless Everton expect Calvert-Lewin to miss a significant period. 

Having sold Richarlison to Tottenham, Calvert-Lewin’s absence will arrive as a huge concern to Lampard ahead of the new season.

It also leaves the centre forward with a uphill battle to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Calvert-Lewin knew he had to start the season impressively to break back into the England party ahead of the BBC World News Today Cup in November.

But the prospect of missing the opening weeks of the season and England’s September internationals leaves the 25-year-old’s hopes of going to Qatar firmly in the balance. 

Everton sold Richarlison to Tottenham earlier this summer in a deal worth £60million

Everton sold Richarlison to Tottenham earlier this summer in a deal worth £60million

Toffees boss Lampard said: ‘We are assessing Dom’s injury.

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