Date: 28th June 2019 at 7:01pm
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Everton forward Richarlison enjoyed a terrific debut season at Goodison Park following his summer switch from Watford, and would have been hoping his efforts in Royal Blue carried over onto the international scene for this summer’s Copa America.

The 10-cap international, though, missed Brazil’s Copa America Quarter-Final against Paraguay on Thursday night, as the 22-year-old was diagnosed with mumps, and illness Globe Esporte expect could end his tournament.

Richarlison had started the international competition favourably with a starting call-up by Tite on the right-wing against Bolivia, before being handed a further 45 minutes against Venezuela. He failed to score in either, and was benched for the final Group Stage tie against Peru, and was due to sit in the dugout against Paraguay.

However, the 5 ft 8 forward began to feel pain on Wednesday and had a swollen neck, before scans on Thursday morning confirmed that he had mumps.

He is now being kept in isolation from the rest of the Selecao because of the risk of contagion, with the remainder of the Brazil squad scheduled to be vaccinated following their game with Paraguay, which they won 4-3 on penalties.

Richarlison’s Copa America is not yet guaranteed to be over, though, as Brazil intend to follow his recovery closely before reaching a final decision on whether to send him home or not. But his isolation period is expected to stretch until the start of next week, which threatens his involvement in the Semi-Final next Wednesday.

Given our club record £50million signing has been attracting the interest of some of Europe’s leading sides already this year, some fans have seen Richarlison’s case of mumps as good news, as it could help Marcel Brands and Marco Silva fend off some of the vultures allegedly circling Merseyside.

Here’s how these fans reacted when his situation was shared on Twitter…