Everton boss Frank Lampard has, on Friday, provided an update on the fitness of star man Dominic Calvert-Lewin, ahead of his side's upcoming meeting with Tottenham Hotspur.
Hitman Calvert-Lewin, fresh off the back of a 16-goal Premier League haul last time out, has of course endured something of a nightmare campaign to date.
This comes amid ongoing struggles for fitness on the part of the English international, culminating in starts in just eight of Everton's 24 league fixtures.
After his attacking spearhead was forced to sit out both the club's defeat to Manchester City last weekend and ensuing FA Cup clash with Boreham Wood during the week, Frank Lampard was therefore inevitably asked for an update on DCL's wellbeing on Friday.
And, in a boost for all associated with the club, the Toffees' boss went on to reveal to the media his hope that Calvert-Lewin will be available to feature in at least some capacity versus Tottenham on Monday night:
''I’m hopeful. He’s going to train with us tomorrow and I’ve just spoken to him literally five minutes ago and he was very pleased with his session this morning.''
Fitness updates were also forthcoming on all of Ben Godfrey, Demarai Gray and Andre Gomes:
“Ben’s getting closer but Ben won’t make Monday but he should be ready to train with us after Monday’s game for the middle of next week which is great.
“We’ve lost two big centre-backs from pretty much the moment I came in.
“Demarai Gray had a bit of a fever going into the game against Boreham Wood when he was due to play so we’ve missed him.
“Andre Gomes has trained today and is available for the squad.”
Rondon at the double
As alluded to above, Everton will make the trip to north London in 72 hours' time hopeful of building on a much-needed return to winning ways during the week.
After counting themselves altogether unlucky to come away from a Premier League meeting with table-topping Manchester City without at least a share of the spoils, Lampard's troops played host to minnows Boreham Wood in the FA Cup's Last-16 on Thursday night.
And the Blues, in the end, marched on, emerging on the right side of a 2-0 result courtesy of a double from Salomon Rondon:
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