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Rafa Benitez claims Richarlison can rescue Everton from rough patch as the Spanish boss insists he's 'confident' forward will boost Toffees on return from injury

Everton manager Rafael Benitez hopes the return of Richarlison will give his side a much-needed boost after the morale-destroying collapse against Watford.

From 2-1 up with 12 minutes to go - a lead given to them by Richarlison's goal coming off the bench - the Spaniard saw his side capitulate in spectacular fashion to lose 5-2.

A second-successive home defeat, following on from a 1-0 reverse to West Ham, left players shell-socked and fans outraged but with an injury list which shows few signs of easing, having Richarlison available to start for the first time since mid-September is a significant boost.