Kevin Phillips claims it is a “huge boost” for Everton that Richarlison has recovered from injury in time to face Liverpool this weekend.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti would have had “everything crossed” regarding the 23-year-old during the international break.
Richarlison was forced off in Everton’s 4-2 win over Brighton earlier this month with a recurrence of the ankle problem he picked up in the EFL Cup win over West Ham.
But the forward scored and played the full 90 minutes for Brazil on Wednesday in a 4-2 victory over Peru.
He is in line to start against Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season tomorrow.
When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the injury update, Phillips said:
“It is huge to have him back for the Merseyside derby, he is one of their big players.
“It is always a worry when you go away on international duty after an injury. As a manager you are sitting at home with everything crossed, hoping they do not come back injured.
“It will be a big boost to have him back fully fit for what is arguably one of the biggest games of the season.
“As a player, the position Everton are in, unless you are really badly injured you will get through the game. You would do whatever you can to play and Richarlison is the type of player who would do that.”
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