Frank Lampard has opened up on the work Dominic Calvert-Lewin will undertake during the coming international break.
The striker is still waiting for his first goal of 2022 after missing four months of the current campaign with a quadriceps issue. Subsequent knocks have kept the 25-year-old out on some occasions throughout the last few weeks, but he did come off the bench to secure an all-important assist in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United.
Calvert-Lewin was not named in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, with the Blues man instead set to stay at Finch Farm following the clash with Crystal Palace at the weekend. And the striker could be in for some individual work from the manager.
Lampard is keen to work with as many of the squad as possible in what he believes will be a key period for the rest of the campaign. However, he has also hinted an individual sessions for some players to work on intricate parts of their game.
When asked if Calvert-Lewin’s assist will give him confidence, the manager remarked: “I really hope it does. He’s had a tough time with injuries. He’s a good lad who wants the best, he’s a young lad still.
“Now’s a good time for us to work with him in the international break to get that edge, that fitness, to get robust. We’ll need him, we want our big players who have delivered before to deliver again. His input last night (Thursday) can hopefully be the start of that for him.
“Players have got some selected days off for recovery, the ones that aren’t away internationally. Then we’ve got blocks of days where some players can work hard.
“I think it’s a good ten-day period to get some fitness in the bank for the run-in. Some players need it, who have not played so much having come off the back of a couple of injuries.
“Fabian Delph will be training with us next week as well. We’ll construct the plans slightly individually for some, but collectively there will be good work.”