The Neymar injury will see the Paris Saint-Germain star miss Brazil’s games against Venezuela and Uruguay.
The Brazilian FA today confirmed that Neymar has withdrawn from the Selecao squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualification games against Venezuela and Uruguay.
He had earlier complained about a leg issue, which ruled him out of the first game of the double-header but Brazilian coach Tite still called him up, in hopes that he could recover in time to face the daunting trip to Montevideo to face arch-rivals Uruguay.
However, latest scans suggest that this would not be the case and the Brazilian team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar gave an update on the Neymar injury when speaking to reporters.
”We were hopeful that he could play, that’s why we brought him to Brazil.
“He improved but not enough so that he’ll be ready for the game on Tuesday against Uruguay. The backroom staff decided to release Neymar.”
This is, however, welcome news for the PSG camp, as manager Thomas Tuchel had earlier queried the decision to call up an injured Neymar.
”It’s the right of the national team to call up players. We cannot do anything.
“If the boys are injured and can’t play, I always prefer that they don’t play.
“It’s a super important phase, a good time to recover for players, but we have confidence that they will be treated well, that they have good care and good preparation. It’s the truth. We have confidence in these people who are responsible for the national teams. If the players are called up, there’s nothing we can do.”
How will Brazil cope with the Neymar injury?
Brazil kicked off their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign with two wins from two after posting consecutive victories over Bolivia and Peru to propel themselves to the summit of the CONMEBOL table.
Neymar played key roles in both victories, providing two assists in the 5-0 demolition of Bolivia in Sao Paulo, while he scored a hat-trick as the Samba Boys came from behind to pick up a 4-2 victory away to Peru.
He, will, however, have to sit out the fixtures against Venezuela and Uruguay and this is hardly ideal for Tite, considering the importance of the PSG attacker to his plans.
Beyond Neymar, there are also several other injury concerns for the Selecao, with Philippe Coutino, Fabinho, and Rodrigo Caio all sidelined with fitness issues, while Eder Militao and Gabriel Menino are also unavailable due to positive COVID-19 tests.
Despite this, Tite still has enough armory in his arsenal, including the likes of Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison, and Vinicius Junior, while Flamengo youngster Pedro was also handed his first call-up to provide cover in attack.
With Argentina having leapfrogged Brazil to go into top spot with their 1-1 draw against Paraguay, Tite’s men would be hoping to get back to the summit when they host Venezuela in Sao Paulo on Friday, while a more daunting trip will be undertaken to Montevideo to tackle Uruguay next Tuesday.