Brazil, the champion of the Copa America, Venezuela and the bottom runner of the united group, will receive in Sao Paulo Friday, their third successive victory after two victories over Bolivia (5-0) and Peru (4-2).
But Brazil coach Tite will miss his most prominent star, Neymar, after the most expensive player in the world suffered a thigh injury during his participation with his French club, Paris Saint-Germain, in the Champions League last month in Turkey.
Neymar, 28, scored a hat-trick in Lima last month, raising his score to 64 goals, surpassing Ronaldo’s “phenomenon” number and standing 13 goals away from the local figure of Pele.
Despite his injury, Neymar travels with the “Seleção” national team, hoping to recover to face Uruguay on the 17th of this month.
But national team coordinator Juninho Paulista said Tete had told the Saint Germain sporting director Leonardo that he would never risk the player’s health.
In light of the crowds of matches, veteran Thiago Silva (36 years), who strengthened the defense of Chelsea after coming from Saint-Germain, warned of the subsequent fatigue of the players, “You have to continue to reinvent yourself indefinitely. We lose players with Covid-19, or others.” Because they have played a lot of matches. We are not machines. ”
“We have seen recent studies that show that injuries become likely after playing four or five matches in a short period (every three days),” the former Milan defender continued. “This is very worrying for us.”
While goalkeeper Alison Baker and striker Gabriel Jes جs return from injury, the five-time world champion will be absent from the midfielders Casemiro, Coutinho and Fabinho.