Frank McAvennie has suggested that there is a silver lining for Tottenham with Richarlison’s injury as the forward will have the time he needs to recover from his World Cup exertions.
Richarlison was one of the best forwards on show in Qatar, scoring three goals and providing an assist in his four matches in the tournament (Transfermarkt).
However, the World Cup ended in heartbreak for the Tottenham man as Brazil, who were one of the favourites heading into the tournament, were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by Croatia.
The 25-year-old picked up an injury in the quarterfinal clash and is not expected to be available at least until mid-January (GiveMeSport).
Richarlison is not the only forward Antonio Conte has to do without, with Lucas Moura also currently sidelined and the Spurs boss admitting last week that things are looking encouraging for the 30-year-old (Football.London).
McAvennie believes Richarlison could come back stronger after a couple of weeks of rest.
When asked if losing the forward is a big blow for Spurs, the former West Ham striker told Football Insider: “I do not think so. He is due a couple of weeks’ rest. The scan will just be to see how bad it is. If he has just pulled his hamstring he will be fine.
“He has shown what he can do but I think he has got to do it more. Players with talent like that have got to be doing it more. That is what Conte will be wanting. He is a great talent and he needed a couple of weeks off anyway.”
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Richarlison has not played too much football this season as he was a bit-part player in the first month and a half of the campaign before picking up a calf injury and recovering just before the World Cup. So, the 25-year-old certainly did not need a couple of weeks of rest.
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