While Frank Lampard will have been left angered from what he saw on Sunday night at Goodison Park when Everton fell to a 2-0 defeat in what was only their third home loss of the season, seeing a trio of first-team players limp off during the game may well have been more alarming for him in the long term.
This is because they weren’t injuries to fringe players, but ever-presents in the side this season when fit in Gueye, Onana and Calvert-Lewin – and they don’t appear to have shaken off their knocks in time for the club’s Carabao Cup game against Bournemouth.
Everton are set to take on the Cherries in the League Cup without a trio of their star players, according to O’Keeffe.
He said: “There’s a lot of question marks hanging on it as we go forward and we could do with some good news on Onana and Gueye, and obviously Calvert-Lewin more than anything.
Will Everton win tonight?
“Obviously, they won’t be playing tomorrow [vs Bournemouth] but I wouldn’t imagine he’d risk too many players for the first game at Bournemouth in the cup.”
TIF Thoughts on Everton’s latest injuries…
It’s been a mixed bag for Everton so far this season, as they boast the fourth-best defence in the Premier League, but still find themselves just two points above the bottom three, so perhaps a break in the Carabao Cup could be just what they need.
However, given the trio of injuries that Lampard had to cope with on Sunday evening, he will likely be hoping that whatever team he picks can come through unscathed and ready to play Bournemouth again at the weekend.
The latest injury picked up by Calvert-Lewin is likely the most damaging one as he is their talisman and has one goal to his name in just four league starts this season, so if his hamstring injury is to be a serious one, they could be in big trouble moving forward.