By Ben Dinnery

22nd Sep, 2021 | 7:00am

Injury expert: Richarlison could be out for a month in shattering Everton blow

Richarlison might not play for Everton again until after the next international break.

That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine as well as data analysis.

Richarlison has missed the last two Everton matches, starting with the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa last Saturday, with an ankle injury sustained against Burnley on 13 September.

Dinnery explained that Richarlison’s knee has also been affected and that puts his participation in the next two matches under major threat.

“It was an impact injury after a tackle from James Tarkowski,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“There has been a lot of talk about that tackle and how it went unpunished.

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“It was Richarlison’s ankle but the actual issue is knee related. It looks like there might have been a hyperextension of the knee.

“He did continue for a bit but couldn’t complete the game. Benitez came out and said he has been involved in some elements of training but doesn’t feel comfortable.

“He wasn’t able to complete those sessions and there was a decision on the eve of the Aston Villa game to take him out of the limelight.

“There is no definitive timeline in terms of what we are looking at but in around two or three weeks has been mentioned at this point.

“What I would say is we are heading into an international break so even if he is 50/50 it could be he is held back. Just to make sure he is in a good place.”

Everton host Norwich City on Saturday, travel to Man United on 2 October and then have no games until after the international break, when they return to play West Ham on 17 October.

It could see Everton without their star man and main attacking weapon for three Premier League games in total, especially devastating with Dominic Calvert-Lewin also sidelined.

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