Monday, January 30, 2023

Brazil: Neymar trains; Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus out

DOHA ( Associated Press) – Neymar was scheduled to train with Brazil again on Saturday, but injuries to left back Alex Telles and forward Gabriel Jesus against Cameroon have twice ruled the team out for the rest of the World Cup.

Neymar was going to train with the ball for the first time since injuring his right ankle on his debut against Serbia.

Brazil’s doctors said they would evaluate the ailment after practice and decide if the star could be available to play in Monday’s round of 16 against South Korea.

Neymar looked in good spirits as he played with his teammates at the Lusail Stadium on Friday. He went and played with the ball without any problem. He was seen jogging down the field on his way to the locker room after the game.

With Brazil looking for their first championship, Neymar was ruled out of the 2014 World Cup after suffering a back injury in the quarter-finals against Colombia. He also did not play in the 2019 Copa America due to a right ankle injury.

Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus suffered knee injuries in Friday’s 1-0 loss to Cameroon after coach Tite appealed for substitutes. The five-time world champion had already qualified.

Alex Telles made his debut in Brazil’s second match against Switzerland after starter Alex Sandro was injured. Gabriel Jesus came off the bench after the first two games.

It was unclear whether the two would remain with the team in Qatar despite not being able to play.

Right-back Danilo, who missed Brazil’s first two games with an ankle injury, was due to play alongside the rest of the group on Saturday. Hopefully he will be able to play against South Korea.

Brazil bowed out in the quarterfinals after losing to Belgium in Russia. The Seleção is looking to win its first world championship in two decades.

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