Lewis Dobbin is the latest injury victim

Thursday, 14 January, 2021 9comments  |  Jump to last

A knee injury looks set to keep Everton's Under-18 striker Lewis Dobbin out of action for the rest of the season.

The 18-year-old striker has suffered knee damage after getting clattered in a rash challenge during training at Finch Farm on Saturday. There are fears the injury will keep him sidelined for up to 4 months.

The teenager has played only for the U18s so far this season, scoring twice and providing two assists in seven U18 Premier League matches. It was thought he would graduate to the U23s but his pathway is currently blocked by the likes of Ellis Simms and Tyler Onyango.

Everton have yet to decide if Lewis Dobbin will need surgery on the injury that could spell the end of his season.


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Robert Tressell
1 Posted 14/01/2021 at 18:31:52
Dobbin was the player I was hoping to see more of this season – kicking on in the U23s.

Can't see his progress is blocked by Onyango. Completely different players. Even Simms, because I thought Dobbin often starts in a very attacking left side forward position.

He's only just turned 18, but I'd expect a top talent at his age to be making a decent impression at U23s level. Hopefully he'll be doing that by the end of the season.

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 14/01/2021 at 19:41:00
Don’t see how his progress will be blocked by Onyango, Dobbin is a striker, Onyango is a midfielder.
John Pickles
3 Posted 15/01/2021 at 11:34:54
As punishment, they didn't send whoever was responsible for injuring Digne to train with the kids did they?
Phill Thompson
4 Posted 15/01/2021 at 14:12:34
I know he played at least one u23 game, it may have been a friendly. He was played in a deeper position on the right, more of a playmaker / James type of role. My impression was he’d done well, certainly a good move in terms of trying him in different positions. Then he picked up an injury, came back with the u18s and didn’t play U23s. An odd one in that he’s certainly shown the ability in the past to be worthy of playing U23s even if young. Maybe the first injury hampered this.
Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 15/01/2021 at 14:37:36

According to my records from last season, Dobbin started one game for the U23s, came on as a sub in three other games, and was an unused sub in four more games, which would suggest he had definitely made the step up.

I don't recall anything about him picking up an injury last season, although there is 2½ months is the middle of last season when he did not play. Could that be a precursor to this current injury that has held him back so far this season?

Michael Kenrick
6 Posted 15/01/2021 at 14:40:24
Scratch that... he played in all bar three of the U18 games last season!

[Reminds me, I need to tot up what we have so far for the U18s this season...]
Phill Thompson
7 Posted 15/01/2021 at 14:59:22
Hi Michael, yes I'm sure your records are correct, they're usually more accurate than our club's ones!

I was writing about this season regarding games and injuries. Dobbin played in at least one u23 friendly our 2-1 loss to Southport and then at some stage picked up his first injury, meaning he hasn't played for the U23s in PL2 games – I think!

My belief is that he came back from his first injury by playing for the U18s this season, but has now picked up another injury. We're very poor with injury information on our youngsters.

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 18/01/2021 at 21:40:28
Phill (7), I think he came on in the last minute in tonight’s game.
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 18/01/2021 at 21:42:49
Phill (7), I think he came on in the last minute in tonight's game.

Cancel that, it was Tom Cannon, apologies!!

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