Everton return to action for the first time in nearly two weeks on Sunday evening as they host Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup.

Recent fixtures for the Blues have fallen foul of virus outbreaks at other clubs and it means a hectic January has been rather spaced out for them.

That said, the games are ready to pick up again from Sunday onwards with a midweek match following against Leicester and then a clash against Newcastle United the following Saturday.

For Darren Bent, though, the break is a chance for the Blues to revitalise tired legs and also give Dominic Calvert-Lewin a chance of full recovery from injury without the need to be rushed.

Speaking to Football Insider, Bent had this to say:

“When you’ve got injuries it’s a question of how quickly these players can get back up to speed. And with Calvert-Lewin, they’re gonna need him because he got off to an electric start with 11 in his first 16 games. Superb.

“This buys them a little bit of time to get these players back fully fit.

“I know what it’s like. You can’t just throw players int the mix, you need to build them up. The fact they’ve got an extra bit of time off, that will only help.”

Rush Football’s take

Certainly, Everton will be very pleased at the prospect of being able to get their players resting and particularly in the case of Calvert-Lewin.

The forward has had a fine campaign so far for the Blues with the goals flowing and having him back to full fitness for the big games ahead will be crucial.

The Toffees will feel as though they can earn a top-four spot this season in the Premier League and Calvert-Lewin will surely be looked at as the man to spearhead the challenge.


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