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Everton could be handed triple fitness boost

Everton have had their fair share of injury problems over the new Premier League season, however, Frank Lampard could be set for a huge triple boost with three players in contention to start this weekend.

Ben Godfrey, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and Abdoulaye Doucoure are all familiar faces who have suffered with injury problems over the campaign so far, and it has without a doubt contributed to Everton’s slow start in the top flight.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

Firstly, where did Everton finish in the Premier League?

Despite going unbeaten in their last four games, the Toffees have failed to take their results to the next level, remaining winless in the Premier League.

As a result, the imminent return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin couldn’t come at a better time, with the manager confirming in his post-match press conference last weekend that the Toffees striker has resumed training.

Lampard revealed (via Liverpool Echo):

“Dominic is training next week, we hope the middle of next week and then we have good options up front at number nine, with Dominic flying? And Neil Maupay?”

The 25-year-old has scored 58 goals and delivered 18 assists over his time at Goodison Park, with his latest goal probably his most important in an Everton shirt as he headed home the winner against Crystal Palace that saved the club from relegation in the penultimate game of 2021/22.

Calvert-Lewin’s hunger for goals and clinical finishing will give the Toffees the huge boost they need over the season to turn their equalisers into winners. Indeed, if he is really training this week too, he could be scoring those goals in the very immediate future.

Doucoure was spotted in training late last week and despite just missing out on the Merseyside Derby could make his return this weekend to add quality and experience into the midfield three, again, putting his attacking abilities in the advanced central role to the test against Arsenal.

The 29-year-old scored two goals, delivered four assists and created three big chances over 30 league appearances, while winning 2.5 tackles per game and successfully completing the majority of his dribbles (51%).

Joining Doucoure in midfield to complete a potential triple fitness boost is newly-signed former Manchester United star James Garner. He didn’t get the opportunity to make an appearance in the clash with Liverpool due to a lack of match fitness.

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However, Lampard revealed in his post-match press conference at the weekend (via Liverpool World):

“He hasn’t been able to train at a level. I spoke to him yesterday and he decided he needs at least a good week’s worth.”

Garner caught the attention of many with his performances at Nottingham Forest offering plenty of attributes to make him a complete midfielder who can be effective in both defensive and attacking play.

The 21-year-old scored four goals, delivered eight assists and created seven big chances, while making two key passes a game. He was also impressive in a defensive capacity for Forest, making 1.4 interceptions and 1.8 tackles per match over 41 appearances in the Championship last time out.

With that being said, the future is looking bright for Everton in pursuit of their first win and Lampard will be hoping the three players coming into the team can make the positive impact needed to give the club a much more comfortable finish in the Premier League.

Indeed, with Lampard admitting that Calvert-Lewin would be back in training this week and suggesting Garner needs a week to get up to speed, the Merseyside outfit could be looking at seeing a plethora of first-team players return this weekend. That would surely be good news for all involved at Goodison Park.