Paris Saint Germain star Neymar will miss Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Venezuela on 13 November because of a thigh injury.
However, Neymar will travel with the national team in the hope that he will be fit to play four days later in a match against Uruguay, Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) officials said on Friday.
Neymar suffered an adductor injury on 28 October in a Uefa Champions League encounter against Istanbul Basaksehir.
“We believe that with an intensive week of treatment. There is a possibility of recovery for the second match. We will be monitoring his condition closely,” Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said in a statement released by CBF.
PSG had said the injury would sideline him until after the international break, and coach Thomas Tuchel stated that he did not think the Brazilian superstar should play for the national team in the interim.
“I don’t think it’s possible he will play. If he plays that means he’s not injured, and that’s a bad message. The news for me is that he will return after the break,” said PSG coach Tuchel.
The CBF said it had notified PSG on Thursday that it would be calling up Neymar.
“We know his club is concerned because of his injury, but we assured them we would be closely monitoring his condition,” said Brazil coordinator Juninho Paulista.
Brazil, who currently lead the South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022 along with Argentina, play Venezuela in Sao Paulo next Friday and Uruguay in Montevideo on 17 November.
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