Richarlison was in no condition to play in Brazil loss - Tim Vickery
Tim Vickery has told The Monday Night Club that Richarlison was in no condition to play in what proved to be Brazil’s final game at the World Cup as the Tottenham Hotspur star faces a spell on the sidelines.
Brazil were surprisingly knocked out by Croatia on penalties at the weekend. For many, the result saw the favourites in the tournament eliminated.
Tite’s side were ultimately a disappointment after playing some of the most exhilarating football at the tournament. But one player who can hold his head up high was Richarlison.
Richarlison dealing with hamstring injury
The Spurs star scored three goals during the tournament. His brace won the day against Serbia. And he also got on the scoresheet against South Korea. But it seems that the clash with Croatia was one too many for Richarlison.
He came off after 84 minutes against the 2018 finalists. And Vickery has now suggested that the Tottenham man should not have been on the pitch in the first place.
“Richarlison was in no condition to play,” he told The Monday Night Club. “After five minutes he pulled up. I don’t know if you saw, but they sent him out for the second half heavily strapped up with his thigh and were thinking about taking him off.
“It would have been Gabi Jesus, but he was injured as well, so there was nobody to press from the front.”
Spurs are now set to pay the price for Richarlison’s bravery. Reports from the Evening Standard on Tuesday claimed that he has now returned to Hotspur Way ahead of schedule to undergo scans.
There are now fears that he could miss the next month, at least. It is a big blow for Tottenham. And clearly, supporters will feel extremely annoyed that he spent so long on the pitch.
Of course, Richarlison will probably have no regrets about playing in the quarter-final. Ultimately, nothing in football would likely be as special for the forward as winning the World Cup with Brazil.
And most players would have done exactly the same in the hope that they make it through the games unscathed.
Spurs would have been braced for their players away at the tournament to potentially come back with one or two knocks which would delay their return to Antonio Conte’s side.
But clearly, the fact that Richarlison pushed himself when there was already a problem will be particularly frustrating.