Tottenham handed further injury blow as Richarlison confirms he is set to undergo surgery
Spurs lost two of their stars to injury on Monday night.
Tottenham forward Richarlison has confirmed he is set to undergo surgery to add to the club’s injury woes.
The Brazil international was left out of his national team squad his week ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina and was an unused sub in the chaotic 4-1 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night.
The former Everton star has just two goals to his name this season, admitting he expected to be left out of the latest Brazil squad due to his poor form.
Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Richarlison said he is now poised to undergo a procedure on his pubic bone to address a long-term issue.
‘I was sad when I was not called up but I understand Deniz [the Brazil head coach]. In his place, I wouldn’t call me up either — I haven’t been playing good football, I’ve been below my best,’ he said.
‘I’ve improved in the last few games. But I need to improve a lot to wear the national team shirt. I have to be playing. I have to be feeling well, I have to be 100 per cent and I haven’t been, I think the manager made the right choice.
‘The guys are flying. So it’s up to me to keep working. I’ll definitely be back. I didn’t get here by chance. It’s up to me to work hard every day and get into a rhythm here at Tottenham.
‘I was hoping to play here (against Chelsea) in an important game, a derby. Yesterday, I was told that I wouldn’t be playing, but that’s part of football.
‘Every player wants to be called up for the national team. Of course, I was hoping for it but already felt that it was time for a rest.
‘The last few months haven’t been easy for me. I’ve had health problems. I’ve already spoken to the doctors and soon I will have surgery on my pubis.
‘I’ve been suffering, fighting for my national team and my club for eight months and haven’t been taking care of myself. I think it’s time to rest, to stop for a second. I’ll think about it in the next few days and soon I will do what is best for me.’
Tottenham have been left reeling by potentially damaging injury blows suffered on Monday night with Micky van de Ven and James Maddison both forced off. Van de Ven pulled up in the first-half with a hamstring injury while chasing back towards his own goal in pursuit of Nicolas Jackson. Manager Ange Postecoglou later described it as a ‘significant injury’.
Maddison meanwhile was also forced off before half-time with an ankle problem. Elsewhere, Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie were both sent off with the former facing a three-game ban for his straight red.
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