(Reuters) – Everton forward Richarlison is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining a tear in his calf, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old was withdrawn by manager Rafa Benitez after the break in the 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace at the weekend, a decision that was greeted with boos by the travelling fans.
Benitez defended the call to replace Richarlison with Salomon Rondon, saying it was a serious risk keeping the Brazil international on the pitch.
“Richarlison was forced off early in the second half at Selhurst Park and a subsequent scan revealed the Brazilian has suffered a tear in his calf,” Everton said in a statement.
“(Richarlison) who has three league goals this season, is expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks.”
The Merseyside club suffered another blow with winger Andros Townsend having sustained a small fracture in his foot at Palace and will be assessed by specialists later this week.
Captain Seamus Coleman is also a doubt for the Premier League game away to Chelsea on Thursday after suffering bone bruising and soft tissue damage late in the clash with Palace.
Everton, who have been on a torrid run with four defeats in their last five games, are 14th in the league standings with 18 points from 16 games.
(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)