‘Neymar will play second half’ – Brazil star to start out from bench in opposition to Croatia | Soccer

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Neymar is ready to make his first aggressive look since February after being confirmed as a Brazil substitute for Sunday’s conflict in opposition to Croatia. 

A damaged metatarsal spelled the top of the striker’s season at Paris Saint-Germain, after impressing with a glut of objectives in Ligue 1 following his world-record change from Barcelona. 

Brazil coach Tite nonetheless included him within the Selecao’s World Cup preparation, which kicks off on the weekend with an encounter at Liverpool’s dwelling floor Anfield. 

And Neymar now seems to be set to rack up his first minutes in additional than three months within the pleasant. 

“Neymar? He’ll begin on the bench as a result of he is nonetheless recovering, and can come on half-time as a result of we’re getting ready as a crew,” Tite advised reporters in Saturday’s press convention. 

“I do not know but who’ll come off for him, he must be our star participant however the others need to shine as properly.”

Becoming a member of him on the bench will likely be Roberto Firmino, who’s coming off the again of a tremendous season with Liverpool however won’t begin in entrance of his dwelling stadium. 

Manchester Metropolis’s Gabriel Jesus will as a substitute get the primary likelihood to shine within the battle to assert Brazil’s hotly contested centre-forward spot. 

“Final match I advised you that [Roberto] might need are available in, there’s competitors amongst them and Gabriel is performing terrifically, however Firmino is placing strain on him too,” Tite added.

“I’ve watched him play in opposition to Roma, he has tons of virtues and qualities, he may come on at any given second. Not as a lot as a large participant, he is higher although the center.”

After Croatia, Brazil face Austria of their remaining pre-World Cup pleasant earlier than taking up Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group C in Russia. 



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