Tite Seleção plans disrupted by injuries and COVID

Pedro’s excellent form with Flamengo has been rewarded with a Seleção call up (pic: Getty Images)

Tite has been forced to make six changes to his squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

After an excellent start to their World Cup Qualifying campaign last month (with a 5-0 win against Bolivia and a 4-2 victory against Peru), Brazil play Venezuela and Uruguay in the third and fourth round of games on the 13th and 17th of November respectively. Tite’s plans have been disrupted somewhat by the withdrawal of five players through injury and COVID and Neymar is a serious injury doubt.

In the most recent change, Bruno Guimarães has replaced Casemiro, who has COVID. Lucas Paquetá, Felipe, Diego Carlos and Allan had already replaced Philippe Coutinho, Rodrigo Caio, Éder Militão and Fabinho who had initially been called up for the games by Tite. Neymar is the biggest concern and he is a serious doubt after missing games for PSG. Tite hopes that he will at least be available for the game against Uruguay, although PSG coach Thomas Tuchel doesn’t agree. Flamengo’s Pedro has also been called up as a replacement.

The first game will be played at the Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo on 13 November (at 9.30pm Brazil time, or 00:30am on 14 November UK time), while the game against Uruguay on 17 November will be played at the famous Estádio Centenário in Montevideo at 8pm Brazil (or 11pm UK).

Latest full squad:

Keepers: Alisson, Ederson, Weverton

Full backs: Danilo, Gabriel Menino, Alex Telles, Renan Lodi

Centre backs: Felipe, Marquinhos, Diego Carlos, Thiago Silva

Midfielders: Allan, Douglas Luiz, Arthur, Everton Ribeiro, Bruno Guimarães, Lucas Paquetá

Forwards: Everton, Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Richarlison, Vini Junior, Pedro

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