Neymar officially ruled out of Brazil’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Neymar released from the Brazil squad and will play no part in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Uruguay. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has been nursing a leg injury which is keeping absent.
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The Selecao were always aware of the injury sustained and the leg complaint was going to prevent the 28-year-old from taking part in the first game. 

Neymar was called upon in the hope that he will return to full fitness ready for the crunch match with Uruguay in Montevideo. 

The PSG superstar, however, has not been able to get over his injury to force his way into Tite’s plans. 

The medical team gave an update on NeymarRodrigo Lasmar said “We were hopeful that he could play, that’s why we brought him to Brazil. 

“He improved but not enough so that he’ll be ready for the game on Tuesday against Uruguay. The backroom staff decided to release Neymar.” 

The new development would be welcomed by those back at Parc des Princes, with the PSG boss Thomas Tuchel having questioned the Brazil’s decision to select Neymar when he was clearly not fit enough to play. 

He said at the time: “It’s the right of the national team to call up players. We cannot do anything. 

“If the boys are injured and can’t play, I always prefer that they don’t play. 

“It’s a super important phase, a good time to recover for players, but we have confidence that they will be treated well, that they have good care and good preparation. It’s the truth. We have confidence in these people who are responsible for the national teams. If the players are called up, there’s nothing we can do.” 

Brazil already lost Philippe CoutinhoFabinho and Rodrigo Caio to injury, and Eder Militao and Gabriel Menino after contracting Covid-19. But Flamengo striker Pedro has been included in Tite’s plans to help provide attacking options, alongside Richarlison and Firmino.