Crutches & tears: Richarlison sparks World Cup concern after Tottenham’s win over Everton

Concern surrounding a key member of the attacking ranks at Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur has quickly begun spreading across social media on Saturday night.

Antonio Conte’s troops, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

In the last of the day’s Premier League fixtures, Spurs welcomed Frank Lampard’s Everton to north London, eyeing a 2nd win on the spin.

And, when all was said and done, emerge triumphant once more is precisely what the Lilywhites went on to do.

Goals on the part of talisman Harry Kane and midfield enforcer Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg ensured that, come the full-time whistle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Conte and co. climbed back to within a point of rivals Arsenal at the summit of the English top-flight.

An otherwise fine evening’s work for Spurs, though, as alluded to above, was soured in what could yet prove to be considerable fashion by a blow on the personnel front.

This came early in the 2nd-half, upon summer signing Richarlison being forced to limp out of proceedings what what appeared to be a calf injury.

And the ensuing word doing the rounds online post-match has not exactly done much to put a halt to mounting concerns surrounding the attacker’s wellbeing.

As showcased in the photo below, Richarlison was spotted departing the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on crutches on Sunday.

Not only that but, during an ensuing interview with fellow countryman Joao Castelo-Branco, tears could be seen in the Brazilian’s eyes.

This, of course, comes with Richarlison having been expected to play a starring role for his nation at next month’s World Cup, a prospect which may well now be thrown into doubt.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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