Richarlison has insisted that he is fully fit and raring to go for Brazil’s World Cup opener against Serbia on Friday.
Richarlison faced a massive scare when he picked up a calf injury in Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt last month and the forward reportedly feared the worst and was in tears after the game (ESPN).
Thankfully for the 25-year-old, the problem did not prove to be as serious as initially feared and he made a full recovery, even starting in Spurs’ final match against Leeds United before the mid-season break.
The Everton star has been in fine form for Brazil over the last 12 months and is expected to lead the line for the Selecao in their tournament opener on Friday, as he has been handed the number 9 shirt.
The former Everton man has remarked ahead of the game that he is fully fit to give his all for his country, and admitted that he cannot wait to take to the field against the Serbs.
Richarlison told Globo Esporte: “For me, the World Cup has already begun. I had these ten days to recover well. I was back at Tottenham, played in the starting line-up and had a really big scare, practically a month ago.
“Now the time has come, the time to be happy, have fun, and I’m here for that, to help my teammates and do my best for the national team to come out victorious in every game. I’m fine. I’m not 100%, I’m 200%. I think we have everything to start the World Cup very well.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Richarlison has a good chance of winning the Golden Boot in Qatar as he is likely to start every game for Brazil and Tite’s men tend to create a lot of chances, given the attacking talent that they have.
I believe that the Selecao are the favourites to win the World Cup ahead of Argentina and the Tottenham man could end up writing his name into the history books by playing a starring role in their campaign.
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