Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Neymar’s presence against Korea to be decided after Brazil’s final practice

Tite, who announced the return of Danilo and the loss of Alex Sandro, said star Neymar’s presence in the World Cup round of 16 game against South Korea in Qatar will be determined after training this Sunday.

Neymar, absent since Brazil’s winning start against Serbia (2-0) with a right ankle injury, “is going to train this afternoon, well, he’ll be in the game,” DT said ahead of the match. earlier said at a press conference on Monday.

Minutes earlier, the 61-year-old Brazilian coach had answered “yes” to a question about the attacker’s presence at Stadium 974, but was later cleared.

Tite said the Paris Saint-Germain star’s appearance must be cleared by the medical department and if cleared, he will start.

«I prefer to use my best player from the start. I must shoulder the responsibilities as a coach,” he said.

Neymar, 30, suffered a sprained right ankle in the closing stages of the “Canrinha”‘s winning World Cup debut against the Serbs on 24 November.

Since then, Brazil beat Switzerland 1–0 and closed the group stage with a 1–0 loss to Cameroon on Friday, fielding a ‘B’ team, although they finished top of Group G.

Tite said that if the ’10’ is a starter, he could replicate the midfield and attack that began the duel against the Balkans: Casemiro and Lucas Paqueta as midfielders, and Rafinha, Neymar, Vinicius Júnior and Richardson up front.

According to photographs released by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Ne trained with the rest of his teammates on Saturday for the first time since the coup.

’10’ was seen smiling, kicking with both feet, jogging and jumping over his head ahead of the match against the Asians.

“I feel better than I knew I would now,” he wrote on Instagram after Saturday’s practice.

– Legs for Optimism –

Rift’s eventual return will be a balm for the five-time champions, who are favorites for the title, after left-back Alex Telles and striker Gabriel Jesus suffered injuries to their right knees in the game against the Africans, which ruled them out . world Cup.

And it will add to the return of right-back Danilo, who has been sidelined with an injury to his left ankle since the game against the Serb, Tite confirmed on Sunday.

“He’s back,” Tite said.

The coach meanwhile assured that left winger Alex Sandro will not play against Korea as he is yet to recover from a hamstring strain sustained in the win against Switzerland.

“She’s out, she doesn’t have any medical condition,” he said.

Without a left-back, DT said he could bet on Danilo with a changed profile to cover that gap, a task he has already done several times at Juventus (Ita).

The right wing, meanwhile, will be left in the hands of centre-back Eder Militão or veteran marker Dani Alves, who at 39 became the oldest man to play in a World Cup with Brazil. 39’s.

The prelude to the round of 16 duel comes at a time of tension in Brazil due to the hospitalization of former star Pele, 82, at a Sao Paulo clinic to re-evaluate his cancer treatment.

Assistant coach César Sampaio said, “We ask everyone, regardless of religion, to pray for him.” “Cheers, Pele,” said Tite.


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