Everton boss Frank Lampard has, on Thursday, provided an update on the wellbeing of star attacker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
And the news has proven of an altogether alarming nature for all associated with the club.
The name of hitman Calvert-Lewin, of course, has taken its place front and centre in the headlines on the blue half of Merseyside across the week to date.
This comes after word was forthcoming that the England international, no doubt raring to go on the back of a nightmare campaign last time out, had picked up a fresh injury concern.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of DCL’s wellbeing was put to boss Frank Lampard.
Everton are set to kick the club’s 2022/23 season into gear this weekend, when they welcome Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea to Goodison Park, for a Premier League clash.
Calvert-Lewin, though, will play no part, ahead of an extended incoming spell on the sidelines.
As confirmed by Lampard, the once-prolific striker looks set to be out of action for the next six weeks, after a round of medical tests unveiled the extent of his latest knee problem.
‘‘Losing a player like Dominic, of his quality, going into the first game is obviously going to affect you,’' the Toffees boss began. ‘‘I think we’re probably looking at around six weeks with the injury.’'
‘‘I saw a lot of crazy rumours yesterday but it’s been assessed over a couple of days and that’s where we’re at. It comes with the territory of having a squad and training at this level and we’ve got to work around it.’’
‘‘Other players will have to step up and do the job and hopefully the six weeks passes relatively quickly and we get Dominic back.’’