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Everton leading goalscorer Richarlison doubtful for Chelsea clash

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The 21-year-old forward may be kept out by an ankle injury from Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge.

Everton FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Moving from Watford to Everton just one year after his arrival in England, to re-join his former coach Marco Silva at Goodison Park, 21-year-old Richarlison is having a very good start to the season. His form with the Toffees — he’s their main provider of goals with 6 in 9 Premier League matches — led to his debut with the Brazilian national team in September. In his second cap, his first start, he even grabbed a brace against El Salvador.

Richarlison also scored two goals in his last game for Everton, in their 3-1 win last weekend over Brighton. However he also picked up an ankle injury, which puts his status in doubt for Sunday’s match at the Bridge.

“We will see tomorrow. [Richarlison] is in doubt for the match. Let’s see how he will react after the individual work he did this morning. If he’s not fit it’s a good opening for another player to play in that position.”

-Marco Silva; source: Metro

Everton with Richarlison is a much more dangerous proposition than without — his speed, trickery, and eye for a goal could spell trouble for the defense that has been shaky at times in recent weeks — so even though we wish no ill on the young man, we’re hopeful he doesn’t quite recover in time.