‘Still a problem’ – Everton suffered major injury ahead of Aston Villa clash
Aston Villa’s next opponents, Everton, have taken a heavy blow.
Following the 3-0 defeat at Chelsea, Villa hosts Everton as the evening kicks off on Saturday 18 September.
The Toffees are currently facing Burnley, but do so without England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has been ruled out for several weeks.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of tonight’s game at Goodison Park, manager Rafa Benitez said: “He broke his toe. He trained with problems and played with pain.
“He injured his quadriceps the other day and we have to wait two to three weeks, maybe more.
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“It’s always a problem when you lose one of your best players, but we have to deal with it and I hope the other players do well and we won’t miss him then.”
Calvert-Lewin’s absence has forced Everton to fine-tune their roster, with Richarlison usually operating behind Calvert-Lewin leading the line against Burnley.
Everton looked toothless in the first half, then fell behind early in the second half when Ben Mee returned home.
But after a tactical adjustment from Benitez, the home side returned with goals from Michael Keane, Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray to seal a 3-1 victory.
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