Leeds United's Premier League rivals rocked by fresh injury blow with star out of Whites clash

Leeds United’s forthcoming opponents Everton have been rocked by a fresh injury blow which will force a star man out of the Whites clash.

By Lee Sobot
Thursday, 4th August 2022, 3:25 pm

Jesse Marsch’s Whites will take on last season’s relegation rivals Everton at Elland Road on Tuesday, August 30 in what will be United’s fifth game of the new campaign.

Before the new season has even started, Frank Lampard’s Toffees have been hit with the news that England international striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is facing around six weeks out due to a knee injury sustained in training.

Speaking ahead of Saturday evening’s Premier League opener against Chelsea at Goodison Park, Lampard said at his pre-match press conference as quoted by evertonfc.com: “Losing a player like Dominic, with his quality, in the week going into the first game is obviously going to affect you.

INJURY BLOW: For Everton boss Frank Lampard, above, who will have a star man missing for this month's clash against Leeds United at Elland Road. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images.

"I think we're probably looking at around six weeks for the injury.

"I saw a lot of crazy rumours yesterday, but he's been assessed over a couple of days and that's where we're at.

"It comes with the territory of having a squad and training at this level. We'll have to work around it.

"Other players will have to step up and do the job and hopefully that six weeks passes relatively quickly and we get Dominic back.

"Dominic was looking great - really fit, really strong.

"I've taken him out of one pre-season game as a precaution but through pre-season we were constantly commenting on how good he looks. It was very positive.

"So, it's a knock for everybody, particularly for him because I know the feeling as a player when you're getting pumped up and ready for a new season.

"I feel for him but we'll support him, as we always do, then as a team and a squad we have to look at the games in front of us."