The Toffees forward has been converted into their No.9 of late, leading the line up front.
The Brazilian is Everton’s joint-top scorer on six goals, level with chief playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.
But Marco Silva revealed yesterday Richarlison may miss out at Stamford Bridge after sitting out training on Thursday.
He only managed part of Friday’s session too ahead of the trip down to west London, and Starsport looks at the likelihood of Everton’s star attacker starting on Sunday.
“If he’s not fit there are good options for other players in his position”
Is Richarlison fit?
Richarlison is nursing an ankle injury which he sustained during the 3-1 win over Brighton at Goodison Park last Saturday where he scored twice.
When asked about the 21-year-old’s fitness yesterday, Silva said: “He is in doubt for the match. Let’s see how he will react after the individual work he did this morning.
“We know he’s important for us as a striker and as a winger. If he’s not fit there are good options for other players in his position. It’s football.
Richarlison is fighting to be fit for Everton’s game at Chelsea tomorrow (Pic: GETTY)
“The players waiting for their chance have all my confidence.”
Whether he is fully fit is unclear but he has been included in Everton’s squad for the Chelsea game.
Has he travelled?
Richarlison has travelled down to the capital with his Everton team-mates.
A decision over if he is included in the final matchday squad, though, won’t be made until tomorrow.
Will he start?
It is highly unlikely Richarlison will start the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge, given his late fitness test.
If he does pass, Silva may deem it a more sensible approach to name him on the bench.
While Everton have two weeks off after the Chelsea match due to the international break, potentially aggravating Richarlison’s problem is the risk the Toffees would be taking from the start tomorrow.
Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are ready and waiting in back-up to begin up top instead.