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Silva remains non-committal about Richarlison

Manager’s comments ahead of Everton trip to Chelsea

Everton FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images

Richarlison looked to have rolled his ankle badly in last weekend’s win over Brighton & Hove Albion early in the game at Goodison Park. Chasing a ball down the sideline, his studs seemed to catch on the astroturf and he went over and then hobbled for the rest of the game.

That didn’t stop him from scoring twice and after the game Everton manager Marco Silva indicated that his forward had played through the pain barrier and since that time he has missed a training session too.

The manager was asked about his condition in his press conference today, and whether he would be ready for the game on Sunday at Chelsea, but Silva didn’t answer the question directly.

“He didn’t do the whole session today, just some individual work. We’ll see tomorrow, we have one more session, he’s still in doubt for the match.

“Nothing changed yesterday for today. Let’s see how he will react after some of the individual work he did this morning.

“Like you know, he’s an important player for us, as a striker and as a winger. If he’s not fit there’s a good opportunity for some other players in his position.

“It’s football. Sometimes when a problem happens we have to look for a solution. There are other players waiting for their chance, and they all have my confidence as well.”