The 24-year-old missed the previous international break because of a knee injury sustained in the Blues' win over Burnley in September but it also afforded him a welcome rest after a near-constant footballing schedule dating back to the start of last season.
Richarlison went straight into Brazil's preparations for the Copa America at the end of the 2020-21 Premier League season and then travelled to Tokyo for the Olympics where he helped the Seleçao to a gold-medal triumph.
Though he missed all of pre-season training, he flew back from the Far East and played in Everton's season-opener against Southampton and duly scored the Toffees' first goal of the campaign.
Still not deemed 100% fit following his knee problem, Brazil boss, Tite, will not risk over-working him this month and he will remain on Merseyside to prepare for the Blues' trip to Manchester City on 21st November.
“He's one of a number of athletes who are important and who, at the moment, you make a choice for those games,” Tite told Globo Esporte. “He returned to training with the group on 10/18; his minutes is (sic) still small.
"This is also a factor that makes us believe that he needs a little more playing time for him to improve his physical condition.”
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1 Posted 31/10/2021 at 01:32:58
2 Posted 31/10/2021 at 03:29:29
Richarlison could have a field day!
3 Posted 31/10/2021 at 04:41:06
If it's any consolation, I've been struck by lightning twice and lived to tell the tale – albeit with some burnt shoes and weird scold marks that marked out my skeleton. Seriously. The second time was worse.
4 Posted 31/10/2021 at 05:20:50
5 Posted 31/10/2021 at 06:04:58
Lee Trevino used to say that when there was lightning about he would play every shot with his 2-iron as he believed even God couldn't hit a 2-iron.
6 Posted 31/10/2021 at 07:13:40
Very pleased Richarlison is being given a chance to recover back to 100%. There seems to be a good working relationship between the Brazil setup and Everton.
Similarly, I think a bit more understanding has to be used by Colombia regarding Yerry Mina. Was it three games in 8 days he played for them recently? It is damaging for them and for us, in the future a better balance has to be struck to keep Yerry fit and healthy.
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