According to talkSPORT, Everton holds little hope that Dominic Calvert-Lewin will recover in time for their crucial relegation showdown against Bournemouth on the final day of the season.
Calvert-Lewin sustained a hamstring injury during Everton’s 1-1 draw against Wolves on Saturday.
To avoid relegation, Everton must secure a victory if Leicester City defeats West Ham.
If they lose against Bournemouth, Everton’s fate will depend on the results of both Leicester and Leeds.
Heading into the final day, Sean Dyche’s team is currently two points above the relegation zone.
Calvert-Lewin has experienced a season marred by injuries, appearing in only 17 matches and scoring just twice for Everton.
Dyche now faces the dilemma of selecting his starting striker for the Bournemouth match, with options including Demarai Gray, Neal Maupay, or Ellis Simms.
Reflecting on the draw with Wolves on Saturday Dyche said to evertontv: “The main thing for me is the mentality.
“I can’t enhance on that enough. We changed the shape three or four times in the second half [at Wolves] and we’re asking a lot of the players to keep changing. They were clear-minded, and they just kept going and going.
“We got what could be a big point, but we’ve got to reinforce that by going again this week.”