Everton manager Rafael Benítez’s problems continue to mount after Richarlison has been out for several weeks, while Andros Townsend has been sidelined with a fractured leg.
One of the key points of Sunday’s defeat at Crystal Palace was Ichrlison, as Benitez pushed him 2-0 at the start of the second half, prompting open discontent from traveling fans.
Benitez said after the match that the Brazil international had a calf problem and subsequent scans revealed a tear, which the club says will put him out of place for “several weeks”.
Last season’s leading scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been out since August with a thigh problem and although he is nearing a comeback, the loss of Richardson and Townsend for a crucial period at a crucial point in the season was a major setback for Benitez. Is. , whose side has taken just four points out of the last 40 available.
Townsend suffered a minor fracture in his leg in Sunday’s game and experts will assess his injury, but midfielder Abdoulaye Doukoure has just returned with a similar problem and has missed five weeks.
Also, captain Seamus Coleman sustained a bone injury and soft tissue damage of late against Palace and this will be assessed in the coming days.
Benitez was already without midfielder Tom Davis (knee) and defender Yerry Mina, who lasted just 31 minutes on his return after two months before sustaining a calf problem.