Brazil are rocked by injury crisis with Alex Telles set to undergo a knee scan after Cameroon defeat
Brazil are rocked by injury crisis with Alex Telles set to undergo a scan on his knee after limping out of Cameroon defeat… meaning Tite could have NO left-backs fit for South Korea clash with Alex Sandro also out – and Neymar could still be unavailable
Brazil could be walking into an injury crisis for the knockout rounds after suffering further setbacks in their defeat to Cameroon.
Despite Friday’s 1-0 loss, Brazil still topped group G, and will face South Korea on Monday for a spot in the quarter-finals.
A lot of the injury focus has been around Neymar, who has missed the last two games with ankle ligament damage.
Alex Telles was taken off with a knee problem during Brazil’s defeat to Cameroon on Friday
But other injuries in Tite’s squad could leave Brazil without a recognised left-back.
Left-backs Alex Sandro and Alex Telles are both facing problems right now, along with right-back Danilo.
Sandro was previously sidelined with a hip injury, whilst Telles came off against Cameroon with a knee issue, and will undergo a scan.
National Team Doctor Dr. Rodrigo Lasmar said it was not clear if Neymar or Sandro would return in time for Monday’s last-16 match, as they have yet to return to full training.
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According to Globo, Dr. Lasmar said: ‘With regard to Neymar and Alex Sandro, we still have 72 hours for the next game, we will count on time in our favor. We have still possibilities and we will wait for how this transition will be. They have not yet started the work on the field with the ball, this will be done [Saturday], and it is important to observe how they will respond to this new stimulus. Depending on this, they may or may not be able to.’
Danilo is more likely to return to Tite’s squad, having shown better improvements in recent days, and gone back to intense training with the ball.
Dr. Lasmar said: ‘Danilo has been showing a very positive and satisfactory evolution. He did an intense work on the pitch, already with ball, in a very positive functional adaptation. The expectation is that he does the training normally with the group, we will observe how he will feel. Running all right, expectation is great for him to be available in the next game.’
Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles will undergo examinations after problems during the Cameroon match. Telles was taken off with a knee injury after 54 minutes, while Jesus left the field ten minutes later, and complained of pain.
Neymar has missed Brazil’s last two matches with ankle ligament damage, and may not return
The results of Telles’ knee inspection will be crucial, with question marks still hanging over Sandro’s return.
Brazil topped Group G following opening wins over Serbia and Switzerland. Vincent Aboubakar’s injury time winner for Cameroon curtailed Brazil’s unbeaten start in Qatar, but they retained top spot in the group.
The winner of Brazil’s clash with South Korea on Monday will face either Japan or Croatia in Friday’s quarter-final.
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