Everton manager Sean Dyche has now provided an update on the fitness of 26-year-old forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The England international is yet to feature for the Blues this pre-season and the Everton boss has stated he is ‘hopeful’ he will be fit again soon, revealing he’s ‘happy’ with his progress.

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Speaking with The Athletic about Everton’s star forward, Sean Dyche said: “He’s (Calvert-Lewin) still crossing over between training and getting the extra fitness work he needs in. From what I’m told of his session today (Saturday), it went well.

And that was quite a heavy session. We’re happy with that and he seems to be in a good place, so we’re hopeful he can carry on building from that.”

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Everton are yet to recruit a centre-forward this summer, with versatile attacker Arnaut Danjuma, who is on loan from Villarreal, starting upfront in last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Stoke City.

The Toffees were fortuitous to return to Merseyside with the win and once again looked toothless upfront, largely down to a midfield that created very little.

Both Neal Maupay and Lewis Dobbin got a second half run out, but neither impressed and the 1-0 win papered over the desperate need to recruit a centre-forward.

Everton have already missed out on a number of key targets this summer, with Viktor Gyokeres opting for Sporting CP over the Toffees, while El Bilal Toure favoured a move to Atalanta.

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Indeed, Everton have already parted ways with Ellis Simms, who moved to Coventry City for £3.5m, while Demarai Gray has also been linked with a Goodison Park exit.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin cannot return to fitness soon enough, however the club cannot go into another season relying solely on their injury-prone centre-forward.

Everton welcome Sporting CP to Goodison Park this Saturday for their final pre-season game of the summer, so perhaps the 26-year-old will be fit enough to get some minutes under his belt this weekend.

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