Oct 14 (Reuters) - Brazil striker Richarlison thanked the team’s medical staff for getting him fit to play after he scored in Tuesday’s 4-2 World Cup qualifying win over Peru in Lima.
The Everton forward was carrying an ankle injury when he arrived in Brazil for qualifiers against Peru and Bolivia.
He managed a substitute appearance in Friday’s 5-0 win over Bolivia but was fit enough to start against Peru, scoring once and supporting Neymar, who grabbed a hat-trick.
“I’m very happy to be back after 11 months,” he said of the long layoff caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“We worked very hard this week. Myself, even with my ankle trouble, I treated it morning, noon and night. I have to thank the medical department who worked hard every day to get me 100% for this game.”
Richarlison is enjoying a superb start to the season at Everton, who top the Premier League with four wins from four games. He lauded the patience of the Brazil team in getting the victory in different conditions to what they are used to.
“The coach prepared for this, what he said in the dressing room was we need to keep our heads and that was what we did out there, we were very focused,” he added.
“Playing here is hard, the ball sticks in the grass a lot, we’re used to much quicker pitches.”
Reporting by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Peter Rutherford
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