Richarlison is ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the injury comeback trail, Everton manager Rafael Benitez has said.
The England striker hasn’t featured for the Toffees since the 2-0 win at Brighton in August, having sustained a fractured toe (via Transfermarkt). He had scored in all three Premier League matches prior to that injury and bagged eight more than any of his team-mates last season.
How have Everton coped?
Salomon Rondon, a summer signing from Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Professional, has deputised in their absence but is yet to find the net for his new club.
Everton have won only one of their four matches without the duo, and that was against bottom side Norwich City at home. They have suffered defeats against Aston Villa and West Ham United and picked up a point against Manchester United.
As per Liverpool Echo, Benitez said: “I think Richarlison is closer, Dominic will take longer but Richarlison is getting closer.”
Everton fans fret over injury update
Twitter fan feed Toffee TV relayed the manager’s update on the injury-afflicted duo, and here’s what some Everton supporters made of it.
“Can’t take anymore of Rondon up front”
“Not getting much proper info on Dom..! Hope it’s not worse than first feared. I reckon we will miss Richy for the Watford game as well but don’t like the vibes about Dom at all..”
“It’s scary how much we are missing him. Rondon looks so out of his depth it untrue. We need to try someone else upfront until DCL is fit”
“What is @CalvertLewin14 injury? Thought it was just minor?”
“Cannot understate how much I miss these 2”
“Richarlison has to replace Rondon and Gordon has to replace Iwobi and then pray for no more injuries”
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