The head coach of the Selecao of Brazil Tite must make do without star forward – Neymar Jr and three others when they challenge the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon this December 2 at the Lusail Stadium.
Neymar who scored twice during Cameroon’s last World Cup game against Brazil is out of the upcoming fixture just like Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jnr plus Juventus of Turin duo Alex Sandro and Danilo.
Multiple sources in Brazil have it that Neymar who already missed the one-nil win against Switzerland due to the ankle problem picked up in Matchday One against Serbia has caught fever and Tite has opted to give him more time to recover from both situations.
Sandro and Danilo also have fitness issues while Vinicius is rested for the rest of the competition.
The absence of Neymar deprives Brazil of their top star but also provides an opportunity for Real Madrid forward Rodrygo to get game time and improve on his status in the squad.
The missing PSG star is his country’s all-time top scorer with 75 international goals in 122 caps for the quintuplets World champions.
The quartet alongside many other first team players expected to be rested for the game are expected to be available for the last 16 fixture against either the Black Stars of Ghana or Uruguay next week.
Victories against Serbia and Switzerland means Brazil are through to the last 16 and assured of winning the group no matter the score against Cameroon.
The Brazilians are expected to make little or no changes in their tactical disposition for the game but effect a massive change of personel though with hopes of preserving their 100% start record in the competition.
Coach Rigobert Song’s Cameroon with a point face Brazil in a third World Cup meeting on Friday, knowing a win plus favourable results elsewhere could secure a first victory in the competition in 20 years plus qualification from the group stages for the first time since 1990.
Qualification for Cameroon will set up a last 16 clash against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal sometime next week.
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