'So strong': Frank Lampard says Everton player was training like an absolute 'machine' during pre-season
Calvert-Lewin has not played yet this season and that comes on the back of a frustrating, injury-impacted 2021/22 campaign.
That has seen him slip away from the England picture and he now has no more chances to impress Gareth Southgate up close before the World Cup.
As per the Daily Mail, Lampard says the Englishman was looking good during the summer and he needs to get him back to that level.
Everton boss Lampard on Calvert-Lewin
Lampard said: “He was looking so strong in training in America during pre-season and then he got injured before Chelsea.
“I just want to get him back to that level where he was a machine, where he looked like the Dominic we all want to see.
It’s more making sure that Dominic is in the best condition.
“We have had a look at his plan and looked at some of his training to make sure he is in the best possible shape. I need to think is he ready to start again, should he be coming on.
“I think what have come to is a very open conversation between myself, Dominic and the medical department to make sure we get him in the best possible nick because it is a long season. I don’t want to bring him back too early.”
Lampard hits on the conundrum when such an important player is out for such a long time; do you rush him back and risk a setback or stay patient?
Everton do not want to see Calvert-Lewin take a step back in his return to fitness, and that means he will probably need to be ushered back in gradually.
In the meantime, Lampard will hope his side can keep improving and getting results because he looks to be building something on Merseyside.
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