Sean Dyche makes Dominic Calvert-Lewin mentality claim as Everton weigh up Chelsea return

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is back in training for Everton.
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Sean Dyche revealed that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is training ‘with a smile on his face’ as an appearance for Everton under-21s hasn’t been ruled out.

The striker was omitted from the Toffees’ match-day squad for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Brentford. That’s despite Calvert-Lewin returning to training last week as he battles back from a hamstring injury.

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Calvert-Lewin has made only 12 outings this term and been plagued by issues for the past 18 months.

Everton next face Chelsea in the Premier League in which Calvert-Lewin could return after missing the past six games - although Dyche warned his side cannot ‘overthink’ that scenario.

The Goodison Park chief said: “We will see where he is at but all I can say at the moment is, having spoken to him, he is back. It looks like he is training with a smile on his face, which is what we want, because all of that is part of the making of a footballer’s mentality. We will see where that takes us.

“But I have been impressed with Dimi [Demarai Gray] working hard, I have been impressed with Neal [Maupay] working hard. Simmsy [Ellis Simms] is still learning the game, of course, and the team’s mentality not to overthink that because everybody keeps asking me. I’m looking at the team, not just one player. It is a team situation.”

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