As Brazil manager Tite is calling up a new squad on Friday, there are still a few doubts about the names who’ll be on the list.
The coach has already made a pre-selection of 35 players, and now should reduce it to around 23 when announcing it tomorrow.
According to Globo Esporte, one of the dilemmas in Tite’s head is about Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino, who has played for only 80 minutes with the Reds this season.
Brazil’s coaching staff is said to be ‘worried’ about his situation for two reasons. Firstly, because he’s been on the bench in these first games, and then due to the treatment for his injury.
It’s said the national team staff expected to see him playing against Norwich City on Tuesday, but he didn’t even make it to the squad. Now they don’t know what to expect from him on physical terms, as he hasn’t been on the pitch since the match against Chelsea in late August.
Still, Firmino is said to be one of the players who have Tite’s trust, and he could even replace Neymar in the first match, given the Paris Saint Germain star is suspended for one game.
Brazil are playing Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay in World Cup qualifiers between 7th and 14th of October.