Everton manager Rafael Benitez provided an update on the fitness of key attackers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison on Thursday afternoon.
Blues in song
Benítez and company of course, are ready to return to action this weekend.
With the international hiatus drawing to a close around the world, the Toffees will refocus their attention on Premier League affairs, with the aim of building a strong start to the campaign.
With seven games played, Everton currently ranks fifth in the English top flight, tied on points with Manchester United and City for third place.
However, waiting for Sunday afternoon is a difficult test.
The Merseysiders are ready to welcome David Moyes’ West Ham United at Goodison Park, knowing that a loss would see the Irons level with them with 14 points.
In turn, before his team’s last outing, Rafael Benítez will undoubtedly be eager to have as many of his key players as fit and available as possible.
And, on Friday afternoon, the Everton boss has provided a knowledge in which the members of his squad, as things stand, seem to be available to appear.
For starters, the news about Alex Iwobi, Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman was totally positive:
‘Alex Iwobi was training and [so were] Digne and Coleman, that’s good news for us, they have started training with the team. ‘
Marginal couple Ben Godfrey and Salomon Rondon are also said to be slowly making their way towards full fitness, and Yerry Mina looks set to be a game-time decision, before his belated return from his international duties with Colombia.
“Fingers crossed [for Yerry Mina]Hopefully everything works out in the last game, then we’ll see [if he is ready for West Ham].
Perhaps most significant of all, however, was the last one on the Blues’ star attackers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
Benitez declined to give a definitive call on the pair’s availability to face West Ham, simply revealing that both are ‘getting better’ on the back of the respective spells on the sidelines:
[…] Rafa Benitez will make a late call to Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. Both players are said to be “on the mend” after their recent injury setbacks.
– Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) October 14, 2021
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|1||Chelsea Football Club||7||12||sixteen|
|6||Brighton and Hove Albion||7||3||14|
|9||West Ham United||7||4||eleven|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||6|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||6|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||5|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||4|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||4|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||4|
|Sarr, Ismael||Watford FC||4|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||3|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||3|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||3|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||3|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||United manchester||3|
|Lukaku, Romelu||Chelsea Football Club||3|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||3|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||3|
|Hwang, Hee-chan||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3|
|Greenwood, Mason||United manchester||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||2|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||2|
|Player||Team||Red cards||Yellow cards|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||4|
|Jump, oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||4|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||0||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||3|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||3|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||3|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford fc||0||3|
|Tarkowski, James||FC Burnley||0||3|
|Veltman, Joel||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||3|
|Brownhill, Josh||FC Burnley||0||3|
|Etebo, Oghenekaro||Watford FC||0||3|
|Djenepo, Moussa||Southampton FC||0||3|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||0||1|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||0||2|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||2|
|Gallagher, Conor||crystal Palace||0||2|
|Alonso, Marcos||Chelsea Football Club||0||2|
|Ward Prowse, James||Southampton FC||1||1|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||7|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||4|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||3|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle united||3|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea Football Club||3|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||2|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||2|
|Toney, Ivan||Brentford fc||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||2|
|James, Reece||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Azpilicueta, Cesar||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Gross, Pascal||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||2|
|Pereira, Ricardo||Leicester City||2|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trento||Liverpool FC||2|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||2|