FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Neymar ruled out of Brazil's match against Uruguay due to groin injury

Neymar had already been ruled out of Friday's FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier against Venezuela.

The Associated Press November 13, 2020 09:13:09 IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Neymar ruled out of Brazil's match against Uruguay due to groin injury

Neymar suffered the injury during UEFA Champions League match between Istanbul Basaksehir FK and Paris Saint-Germain. AFP

Sao Paulo: Neymar has been ruled out of Brazil's World Cup qualifier against Uruguay next week because of a groin injury he sustained playing for Paris-Saint-Germain in a Champions League game.

Brazil's football confederation on Thursday confirmed Neymar will not play in the South American qualifying match on Tuesday in Montevideo.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel last week said it would be “impossible” for Neymar to play for Brazil as he recovered from the injury, but Brazil coach Tite insisted that the striker travel.

Neymar had already been ruled out of Friday's game against Venezuela.

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar's recovery after four days off training was not enough.

Tite had already called up Flamengo striker Pedro for the matches, without removing Neymar from the squad.

Brazil had already lost five players for the two matches, including injured midfielders Philippe Coutinho and Fabinho, and defender Rodrigo Caio.

Defenders Eder Militão and Gabriel Menino were ruled out after contracting COVID-19 .

Pedro was selected for Brazil in September 2018, but was unable to make his debut after sustaining a series knee injury.

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