In the lead-up to the World Cup, physios from both Everton and England are working together to help Jordan Pickford recover from his injury and play at his best. The 28-year-old was hurt in the Merseyside derby, and he won’t be able to play for Everton on Sunday against West Ham United in the Premier League because of the thigh injury he sustained. He also won’t be able to play in England’s upcoming two-game Nations League set against Italy and Germany.
Frank Lampard expressed optimism that the guy who has captained the Blues in every league game this season would be available for the team’s October 1 road trip to Southampton. However, he emphasized that if there were any worries about the keeper’s fitness, he would not risk playing him in that game.
Before this month’s goalless tie, Pickford had a magnificent performance against Liverpool. He made several incredible saves. While on stage, he hurt his quadriceps and will need a few weeks to recover. Two of those weeks have already passed, and his absence will continue at least until the end of this month due to the postponement of Everton’s trip to Arsenal last weekend.
Lampard said doctors from the English national team had been in touch with Everton about Pickford’s recovery, which the goalkeeper is eager to wrap up before Saturday’s home game against West Ham. I’ll be totally forthright about this: Jordan would suit up for England in a friendly next week and play on one quad.
Be certain that we will make the correct decision. I’ve had a conversation about it with England manager Gareth Southgate, and our physios and theirs are coordinating their efforts to determine the best course of action for Jordan. Furthermore, what’s best for Jordan is also best for Everton and England.
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It’s just a matter of giving it a thorough rehabilitation. Ideally, he’ll be back in the next few weeks. Risking anything on him would be a bad idea. That would mess up our schedule of games all the way through the holidays. Of course, he’d have a tough time getting ready for the World Cup if you aggravated his quad again. That is why we are taking great caution. We’re collaborating with the governments of Jordan and England.
The goalie, who was instrumental in Everton’s battle against relegation last season, is still in negotiations for a new contract. Lampard stated, “there is a real willingness on both sides to achieve the proper end to this” and that the conversations were proceeding smoothly.
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Presently, Lampard has stated that his number one goalkeeper, Pickford, is eager to return to full fitness. He declared, “He is enthusiastic, he is extremely keen. As a player, I was exposed to the drawbacks of that. Many times I re-injured my quad while trying to speed up the recovery process with physical therapy.
Now that I’m wiser, I can watch from the sidelines to make sure he follows the proper procedures. The physiotherapists are the specialists. He may be young, but he’s remarkably wise for his years. He wants to have fun, but we’ll figure out how to stop him.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who missed the opening few games of the season with a knee injury, is close to making a comeback to West Ham’s starting lineup. Having been sidelined by injury recently, the 25-year-old faces an uphill battle to make England’s World Cup roster.
Lampard claimed the striker did not come up in his discussions with Southgate regarding Pickford, but he did say that the first step in Calvert-international Lewin’s ambitions would be to go on the pitch for Everton and show off his considerable potential.
To paraphrase what he actually said: “He just has to focus on being fit for us, doesn’t he? Formerly, he was a member of the England squad. “I think the first part of it is to get him playing well for us and the rest will come from there. We know what he can do, and Gareth knows what he can do.
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