The Brazilian coach, Adenor Leonardo Bacchi Tite, will keep the injured Neymar on the squad for the matches against Venezuela and Uruguay for the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, after a meeting with PSG in which he guaranteed that he would not put the player’s health at risk.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker is recovering from an abductor injury in his left thigh and will not be able to play on the 13th against Venezuela, as recognized by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in a statement released this Friday.
However, the Canarinha doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, He is confident that Neymar “evolves well” and is available four days later in the match against Uruguay, in Montevideo.
“I have frequent contact with the PSG doctor and we have known about Neymar’s physical conditions since the day of his injury in the Champions League,” Lasmar explained.
In this sense, he trusts that “with an intensive week of treatment” the Brazilian forward will recover in time to play against Celeste.
However, The Brazilian National Team decided to cover their backs and call forward Pedro, from Flamengo, in case Neymar suffers a setback during his rehabilitation process.
Since he released the first squad list, Tite has been forced to change Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) Fabinho (Liverpool), Rodrigo Caio (Flamengo) and Éder Militao (Real Madrid) due to various ailments.
However, he decided to keep Neymar, Brazil’s top star, despite the fact that PSG coach Thomas Tuchel announced that he would be out until the end of November and that, therefore, he would miss both commitments with his team.
The Brazilian forward was injured last week in the first half of Paris Saint-Germain in Istanbul’s match against Basaksehir in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
After several days of uncertainty about the permanence or not of the former player of Santos and Barcelona, the coordinator of the Brazilian team, Juninho Paulista, the coach Tite and the physical trainer Fábio Mahseredjian contacted on Thursday with the sports director of PSG, Leonardo, to explain the situation.
“We understood that we needed to align Neymar’s permanence on the squad list with PSG. We are aware of the club’s concern with the injury, but we express our intention to closely evaluate the player’s evolution,” Juninho stressed.
“We trust a lot in the integrated work of our medical department and Tite was emphatic with Leonardo when telling him that he would never risk the health of any player summoned” he completed.
The five-time world champion will begin her preparation for the next two matches of the South American Qualifiers starting on November 9 at Granja Comary, the CBF sports complex located in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro.
On the 13th of that month he will face Venezuela at the Morumbí stadium in Sao Paulo and four days later he will play against Uruguay in the Centennial of Montevideo.
Brazil leads the World Cup Qualifiers with six points, the same as Argentina, but with better goal difference, after beating Bolivia 5-0 and Peru 2-4 in the first two days.