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Everton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Wolves

Everton have received a big boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Wolves this evening, with Rafa Benitez confirming he has no fresh injury concerns, while Richarlison is making good progress in his return to full fitness.

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The Toffees have been hampered by issues to several key players in recent weeks, with Abdoulaye Doucoure, Yerry Mina and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all sidelined through their respective problems.

However, Brazil international Richarlison made his first-team comeback last time out, coming on as a 60th-minute substitute against Watford, and he may be ready for a start at Molineux.

“He’s been getting better, we will see how much he can improve. In terms of his fitness, he will not be 100%, but he’s getting better,” Benitez revealed in Friday’s press conference when asked about the South American’s availability.

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The 61-year-old then addressed the rest of his squad’s current injury status, and although he didn’t give too much away, there were no new concerns to report.

Benitez said: “Still we have two training sessions, some are nearly coming back. I think it’s too early to say who will be there, we’re making some medical assessments.”

And the Spaniard then provided another reason for the Everton fans to be cheerful, claiming key midfielder Doucoure could be back in action after the upcoming international break.

“Doucoure is getting better. He is progressing well. At least a couple of weeks. After the international break, he will be fine.”

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Benitez will be delighted

Having no new injury concerns and Richarlison who is closer to full fitness will leave Benitez feeling delighted ahead of today’s trip to the Midlands.

Last season, the versatile attacker was Everton’s second-highest goalscorer in the top-flight, and only two players provided more assists, highlighting his importance to the Merseyside outfit, as per WhoScored.

He found the net on seven occasions in the top-flight, while beating the goalkeeper 13 times in all competitions.

Benitez addressed the 24-year-old’s influence ahead of the game against Wolves, lauding Richarlison’s threat in the final third of the pitch.

“If you think about the top scorers last year, he’s one of them. He has the ability to beat players and score goals. He was good for us at the beginning of the season, he can be a big miss,” he said.

After back-to-back defeats for the Blues, Benitez will be hoping that his change of luck regarding his recent injury crisis will translate onto the pitch. Richarlison will certainly help in that regard.

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