Straight and straight. With a word. Coach Tite confirmed today (4) that Neymar will play against South Korea, in the Brazilian team’s game for the round of 16 of the World Cup, tomorrow (5).
“Yes!” was the answer given to a question about the lineup of the number 10, originally asked to defender Thiago Silva.
Afterwards, when the question was directly put to him. Tite explained that the idea is for Neymar to be in the starting line-up, if he goes to the field and everything goes well in training this afternoon, which starts at 12:00 (Brasília time). The technician also said that lateral Danilo is back. On the other hand, left-back Alex Sandro does not play.
“He’s going to train this afternoon. Training this afternoon, yes, he’ll be in the game. I don’t like it, I don’t do it and I don’t pass on information that is not true. I want to be credible with you. He’s going to train this afternoon and, being well, he goes to the game. The other ten I don’t climb”, commented the coach, hiding the other starters for the duel with the Koreans.
Neymar was out after Brazil’s first game in the Cup, against Serbia, on the 24th, after suffering a collateral ligament injury in his right ankle. The player returned to training on the field yesterday (3) and was happy and smiling on the field.
“For those who return who may be fine, we have an important gain and I’m sure they can add a lot”, said Thiago Silva.
The reference is also valid for right-back Danilo, who also injured his ankle (left), against the Serbs. Danilo was already in a more advanced stage of recovery, unlike Alex Sandro, who didn’t train on the field yesterday and, according to Tite himself, is out of the game. The national team coach gave a hint that the Juventus player, having already played on the left flank, should occupy the sector against the Koreans.
Still on the subject of Neymar, Tite said that he prefers to choose the best player from the start, without thinking about the possibility of an eventual extension or penalty shootout.
“Neymar’s lineup presupposes health”, said the coach. “Ratifying: we pay the price of being better, we want to be more competent and better, not pay the price of health. Neymar’s lineup presupposes health, medical department and physical department, I leave it transparent. I prefer to use my best since the beginning, me, and the coach have to assume their responsibilities”, he added.
Since the injury, Neymar has been undergoing intense physiotherapy treatment. Players and members of the coaching staff said over the days that the player spent 24 hours in efforts to recover as quickly as possible to return to work in this Cup. Initially, a photo published by the number 10 shirt of the swollen ankle drew attention. Days later, when he was already in the pool, the scenario was already more favorable for his return to training.
Yesterday, it was the first time that Neymar went to the pitch from the cart he took against the Serbs. The injury had brought him to tears at the time, but his recovery has given him something to smile about again.
Without Neymar, Brazil beat Switzerland 1-0 and lost to Cameroon by the same score, when it was already classified. The team faces South Korea, tomorrow (5), at 4 pm (Brasília time), at stadium 974, in Doha, Qatar.