Neymar will start Brazil’s friendly against Austria on Sunday, head coach Tite has confirmed.
The Paris Saint-Germain star marked his first appearance since suffering a broken metatarsal by coming off the bench to crash in a brilliant solo effort during last weekend’s 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield.
Neymar replaced Fernandinho at the interval on that occasion and has now been preferred to the Manchester City midfielder in the starting line-up – Tite’s only change as his XI for the World Cup opener against Switzerland seemingly takes shape.
The reshuffle is likely to see Philippe Coutinho start in a central role alongside Barcelona team-mate Paulinho, with Casemiro holding and Neymar and Willian supporting striker Gabriel Jesus in the wide attacking roles.
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“He’s scheduled for a part of the game. How much, I don’t know, but he will surely not go the whole game,” Tite said of Neymar’s involvement at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion.
“We monitor the evolution of training, games and his level of confidence.
“I say do not take your foot off, stop competing – the best way to find rhythm is to do strong, quality training.”
Manchester United-bound midfielder Fred remains sidelined with an ankle injury sustained during training this week.
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