Marcelo Bielsa said Raphinha was a doubt for Monday night’s clash between Leeds United and Liverpool but his Instagram post has given fans huge hope.
Raphinha, 24, has taken the Premier League by storm since his October arrival from Rennes with 12 goal contributions in 26 Premier League appearances [WhoScored].
The Brazilian has made himself an indispensable member of the starting XI and that is why he has been an ever-present since making his first start versus Arsenal on November 22.
But Bielsa told reporters in his pre-Liverpool press conference on Thursday that the winger was a ‘doubt’ for the Elland Road clash with a knock sustained to his thigh versus Manchester City, as relayed by The Athletic’s Phil Hay on Twitter.
Raphinha has sent a cheeky reminder that he’s ready and waiting to take on the reigning Premier League champions.
He posted a photo on his personal Instagram page of him at Thorp Arch with pairs of boots and captioned it, “I’m ready and you?” before tagging in his sponsors.
This may well just be a promotional post to appease the big brands but we’re a hopeful bunch and think he may be giving a big hint not to rule him out of Monday’s game.
He’s showed he’s a sturdy character that can’t be knocked about for fun, evidenced in his lengthy run in the starting XI.
It will take a lot to oust him from the side and he will be desperate to shake this problem off and showcase his abilities against Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded side.
We hope it wasn’t just a contractual post by Raphinha and that he’s desperate to let supporters know he’s fighting fit ahead of a possible European charge, starting against the Reds on Monday.
Surely he wouldn’t give us false hope like that? It’s doubtful give that fans are desperate to hear about his fitness.
Fingers crossed we get to see him terrorise Trent Alexander-Arnold on Monday night.
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