If nothing out of the ordinary happens until then, Neymar will be on the field for the Brazilian national team this Monday, against Korea, for the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar. The striker trained with the ball the day before, and the assessment within the selection is that he is able to help Brazil in the search for a place in the quarterfinals. Despite this, the number 10 will still not be at 100% capacity.
To people close to him, Neymar has expressed his desire to be on the field for as long as possible on Brazil’s way forward in Qatar. The desire to always be on the pitch and the willingness to act with different levels of sacrifice has always been a trait of the striker, who almost always stays on the field for the 90 minutes when he wears the national team shirt.
In the activities of the last two days, Neymar complained of minor pain supporting his right ankle, the focus of a sprain with ligament damage in Brazil’s debut against Serbia. Pain, however, is seen as part of the normal process of returning to the pitch, and not a sign of concern. At this moment, he has the approval of the selection’s medical department after days of work with the four physiotherapists. If he was unplayable, there would be no hesitation in leaving him out.
The number 10 will still undergo some routine tests this Monday morning, before the match. If the scenario does not have any sudden worsening, it will be escalated. Even if he is unable to play for the full 90 minutes, Tite’s option is to put him in action from the start. This is also the player’s preference.
“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 from the beginning . I, the coach, have to take responsibility”, said the coach at this Friday’s press conference.
In addition to Neymar, Danilo also returns to the team against Korea. Alex Sandro, another injured, still misses the team. The match will take place at 4 pm in Brasilia, 10 pm in Doha, at stadium 947.