Tottenham Hotspur: Richarlison available for Man City clash
Tottenham Hotspur have been given an injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash against Manchester City later today, with Richarlison now available for selection again.
The Lowdown: Richarlison’s absence
Spurs were dealt a blow when the 25-year-old played 84 minutes of Brazil’s World Cup quarter-final against Croatia in December, despite him injuring his hamstring in the warm-up before kick-off.
The Brazilian has had persistent problems with his hamstring, missing the FA Cup win over Preston with the issue following a brief comeback, but it now appears as though he has finally put the injury behind him.
The Latest: Richarlison available v Man City
Speaking ahead of the clash against Manchester City this evening, Tottenham’s assistant manager Cristian Stellini offered a promising update on the 25-year-old’s progress towards a return.
When asked whether the forward is available to feature, the Italian said: “Like I said after the last game Richarlison had a small problem and now he is available. He has been training in this week and he is available.”
The Verdict: Great news for Spurs
The initial injury came at a very bad time for the 42-cap Brazil international as he was just starting to come into some very good form, scoring three goals and claiming one assist at the World Cup.
Hailed as ‘incredible‘ by journalist John Bennett, the former Everton attacker is still searching for his first Premier League goal in a Tottenham shirt, although he has impressed in Europe, scoring twice in the 2-0 victory against Marseille in the Champions League.
Richarlison may not start today, given that he has only featured as a substitute in the last three games for which he has been fit, but it is still great news that he has shaken off his latest injury concern. Squad depth will be vital for Antonio Conte in the second half of the season, with the manager looking to compete in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.