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Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin forcefully left the pitch in the first half of his team’s 4-0 loss at Aston Villa on Sunday after suffering a facial injury following a collision with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. The incident happened in the 36th minute when Calvert-Lewin chased a long ball and tried to beat Martinez to it. 

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The Argentine keeper came out of his box and clattered into the England international, who fell to the ground holding his face. Martinez was booked for the challenge, while Calvert-Lewin received treatment on the sidelines. The 24-year-old, who had missed Everton’s previous games with a broken toe and a quadriceps problem, couldn’t continue and was replaced by Arnaut Danjuma. 

He tried to continue with the play for a few minutes, but after the pain was unbearable, he left the field with a swollen cheek. It was a disappointing return for Calvert-Lewin, who had a great stint for the club before his injury layoff. He will now face another spell on the sidelines.

Everton’s misery was compounded by a dismal performance at Villa Park, where they conceded four goals without reply. John McGinn opened the scoring for the hosts in the 13th minute before Douglas Luiz doubled their lead in the 24th minute with a successful penalty. Leon Bailey scored the third goal in the 51st minute, while Jhon Duran scored the fourth and final goal in the 75th minute.