Neymar injury forces Brazil to turn to new faces for friendlies against Russia and Germany

With Neymar out, recovering from surgery for as long as three months, Tite has decided on a list of 25 rather than the usual 23 players

AFP March 13, 2018 14:47:52 IST
Neymar injury forces Brazil to turn to new faces for friendlies against Russia and Germany

Rio: Brazilian coach Tite on Monday made the best of injured star Neymar's forced absence by bringing new names into the national squad for friendlies against Russia and Germany.

Neymar injury forces Brazil to turn to new faces for friendlies against Russia and Germany

Brazil's striker Neymar to miss friendlies against Russia and Germany. AFP

Those games on 23 and 27 March will be Brazil's last warm-ups before heading to their base in Sochi, southern Russia, for the World Cup starting 14 June.

The talent-packed side's preparations have been sidetracked by the foot injury Neymar suffered playing for Paris Saint-Germain in February. Tite delayed his squad announcement by 10 days so that he could assess the situation.

Now with Neymar out, recovering from surgery for as long as three months, Tite has decided on a list of 25 rather than the usual 23 players.

Willian Jose, a 26-year-old striker, was rewarded for his good season at Spanish side Real Sociedad with his first call up to the national side.

Talisca, who is shining at Turkey's Besiktas, is recalled, following two friendlies in 2014.

The most notable absence on the team sheet is Juventus' left back Alex Sandro, with Tite preferring Filipe Luis of Atletico Madrid.

The Russia game will take place in Moscow before Brazil fly to Berlin to face Germany. The World Cup campaign will kick off on 17 June against Switzerland in Rostov.

Brazil squad:

Alisson (Roma), Neto (Valencia), Ederson (Man City) (Goalkeepers); Daniel Alves (Paris Saint-Germain), Fagner (Corinthians) Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Geromel (Gremio), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo) (Defenders); Casemiro (Real Madrid) Fernandinho (Manchester City), Fred (Shakhtar Donestk), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Willian (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Talisca (Besiktas) (Midfielders); Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Willian Jose (Real Sociedad), Taison (Shakhtar Donestk) (Forwards).

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Champions League: Paulo Dybala injury less serious than believed, could feature for Juventus in August
Sports

Champions League: Paulo Dybala injury less serious than believed, could feature for Juventus in August

Dybala pulled up with an apparent left thigh issue and had to be replaced in the first half of Sunday’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria, a result which secured the Turin club’s record-extending ninth straight Serie A title.

Serie A: Juventus’ record-extending ninth straight title win has a Cristiano Ronaldo stamp on it
Sports

Serie A: Juventus’ record-extending ninth straight title win has a Cristiano Ronaldo stamp on it

It will be no exaggeration to say that Cristiano Ronaldo had more of an impact on Juventus’ record-extending ninth straight Serie A title than anyone else.

Serie A: 'Numbers speak clearly,' Antonio Conte defends Inter Milan's recent performances
Sports

Serie A: 'Numbers speak clearly,' Antonio Conte defends Inter Milan's recent performances

Inter Milan's title challenge has faded over the last few weeks after they let several games slip from their grasp