What The Papers Say - 21 October

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Several local and national newspapers report on the news Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and will remain sidelined for a number of weeks.

The 24-year-old has been unable to feature for Everton since the Blues’ 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on 28 August, when he netted from the penalty spot.

The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, claims Calvert-Lewin is on Newcastle United’s “list of potential transfer targets” as they look to strengthen under their new Saudi Arabian ownership.

The Liverpool Echo picks up on quotes given by Andros Townsend in Everton’s new official behind-the-scenes YouTube series.

Speaking in latest episode of Everton 24/7 – which takes fans closer than ever to Blues First-Team stars – Townsend reveals how he remained in touch with Toffees boss Rafa Benitez after they worked together at Newcastle and why his mind was made up when he heard about the opportunity to link up with him again this summer.

“We built a relationship where he knew how much I wanted to stay and play under him, but ultimately I had to play in the Premier League,” Townsend said.

"Since then, we've kept in brief contact every now and then, we'd talk over text for a bit, but when he got the Everton job my agent was saying, 'Rafa's interested'. I thought, 'Alright Marlon [Townsend’s agent], next joke'!

"He made the manager call me to let me know it was legit. I was just desperate for another chance in the Premier League to prove what I could do.”

The Echo also reports on how Everton defender Yerry Mina’s official charity is at the heart of an international health partnership that aims to protect residents of his hometown in Colombia from potentially deadly diseases from mosquito bites.

The Yerry Mina Foundation is leading the drive to provide 5,000 homes in Guachené, Cauca with a novel insecticide that will protect families from the immediate threat of serious illness, including Malaria, Zika, Dengue fever and Chikungunya, all carried by dangerous insects.


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