Merseyside giants Everton will be without four of their first-team players for the visit of Premier League newcomers Brentford in the FA Cup. The two Premier League teams meet at Goodison Park on Saturday to determine who will secure a place in the fifth round of the competition.


Everton have a new manager in Ex-Chelsea and Derby County boss Frank Lampard. The Chelsea legend will have to navigate the FA Cup clash with the West London team in the absence of first-team players such as England international Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Frenchman AbdoulayeDoucoure, Tom Davies and English midfielder Fabian Delph.

The headline injury news ahead of the game is the knee problem picked up by Calvert-Lewin in training thus ruling him out of the Brentford game. The Everton striker has struggled with injuries this season and he’s an early doubt for the relegation six-pointer with home team Newcastle United next week Tuesday.

Calvert-Lewin has been restricted to just six games in the Premier League this season. He started the season impressively with a goal in each of the first three matches before injury struck in August. He didn’t return to the pitch until the home loss to Brighton and Hove Albion last month. Ironically, his last appearance came during the reverse fixture at the Amex Stadium.

Calvert-Lewin would have been a certain starter for Everton if he was fit for the Brentford game. French midfielder AbdoulayeDoucoure is also a regular in the Everton first team like what’s obtainable with England international Calvert-Lewin. He suffered a groin injury during the last Premier League clash at home to Aston Villa which ended in a 1-0 defeat courtesy the first half header from Argentine international Emiliano Buendia.

The English midfield duo of Davies and Delph are suffering from respective thigh problems. They are not expected to return to full fitness until April at least.