Neymar could return for Brazil next month

Lynette Rowe
May 15, 2018

"We are observing him closely", Lasmar told a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Coach Tite said Neymar was one of the top three players in the world, but insisted his team didn't depend on him alone.

No club has more players in the Brazil squad than Premier League champions Manchester City, with four of their stars named by manager Tite: forward Gabriel Jesus, goalkeeper Ederson, midfielder Fernandinho and versatile defender Danilo.

Other notable absences from the line-up include Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, who has been out of action with a knee injury since February, and Schalke defender Naldo, who has had a superb season in the Bundesliga. "And sometimes it goes beyond numbers, it has to do with feeling".

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The Selecao will prepare for the tournament with friendlies against Croatia and Austria on June 3 and 10, respectively.

"Brazil are one of the favorites because of the football we have played, our consistency, our aggressiveness, our goals and our quick transitional play", he said.

Marcelo and Felipe Luis will be going head-to-head for the left-back slot while Paris Saint-Germain duo Marquinhos and Thiago Silva are likely to start in central defence.

In midfield, Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho are the big guns while up front the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Roberto Firmino are the high-profile names.

They face a straightforward looking group, with Serbia, Costa Rica and Switzerland providing the opposition. "The challenge is open on the right back, but Danilo has some advantage now because he has performed well recently".

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