Brazil’s national team doctor hints Tottenham star Richarlison could play before the World Cup

Richarlison could be back in action before the World Cup  (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)
Richarlison could be back in action before the World Cup (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

Brazil’s national team doctor has backed Richarlison to feature for Tottenham before the World Cup break.

The forward was included in his country’s 26-man squad for the tournament later this month despite a recent injury problem.

A calf issue picked up during Spurs’ win over Everton has ruled the 25-year-old out of action since mid-October, though initial fears Richarlison would miss the World Cup proved to be unfounded.

With only two games to go before club football pauses, the summer signing could offer another boost to Antonio Conte, who welcomed back the influential Dejan Kulusevksi during Sunday’s home loss to Liverpool.

Spurs travel to Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before their final Premier League outing, a home meeting with Leeds United on Saturday.

Rodrigo Lasmar, part of Brazil’s medical staff, confirmed they were confident the former Everton and Watford forward would be fully available to manager Tite.

Brazil’s first group game is against Serbia on Thursday November 24.

“Last week we visited Richarlison and [Lucas] Paquetá in London to see the evolution of his injury,” he told Globo Esporte.

“Our assessment is that he had a really big improvement, this week he should train with the group and he has a chance to be used by the club before the presentation.

“We are confident that Richarlison can be fully available to Tite.”