Everton have received a potential injury boost ahead of their Premier League encounter with West Ham United on Sunday after Richarlison provided an update on hit fitness.
The 24-year-old was injured after a heavy challenge from James Tarkowski in the Toffees’ 3-1 victory over Burnley on September 13, picking up a knee issue that has kept him on the sidelines ever since.
After the injury also kept the Brazilian out of action during the recent international break, Richarlison has continued to work on his fitness at Finch Farm, and he’s recently posted a short video online updating supporters on his progress.
The versatile forward can be seen taking part in an individual drill at Everton’s training complex, where he’s tasked with returning passes before running to a different cone.
Richarlison’s update will give the club’s supporters hope that he can make his comeback against the Hammers over the weekend, providing a significant boost to Rafa Benitez’s in-form side.
The South American star was one of a number of key players the Goodison Park outfit had to cope without in the weeks leading up to the international break due to injury, although their form didn’t suffer as a result.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Seamus Coleman and Alex Iwobi were amongst the first-team players to miss out against Manchester United last time out, meaning Richarlison’s prospective return will have Benitez buzzing.
In his four Premier League appearances this season, the former Watford ace has bagged one goal and provided an assist, carrying on his solid form from the previous campaign.
During the 2020/21 season, Richarlison notched up 13 goals in all competitions, and he’ll be hoping to better that tally this time around, adding to his existing total against West Ham at the London Stadium.
With that kind of goal tally and influence in mind, Benitez will be understandably be pleased at having him available this weekend.