World Cup in Qatar 2022 | Strike for Brazil: Loss of Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles for the rest of the tournament

Like France, another great nation is not spared. Brazilians Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles, hit on Friday against Cameroon (1-0), will miss the rest of the World Cup 2022 due to knee injuries, the Brazilian selection announced on Saturday, reduced in defense before its eighth Monday to the south . Korea.

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“Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus graduated on Saturday morning“, wrote the Seleçao in a press release. “They each underwent an MRI of their right knee, which confirmed their injury and the impossibility of their recovery to participate in the World Cup in Qatar.”

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Striker Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal) and full-back Alex Telles (Sevilla FC) were substituted due to injury during Friday night’s match at the Lusail stadium in the 54th and 64th minutes respectively. Telles, in tears, had to be comforted by his partners.

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Their withdrawal is a blow for Brazil, who have options in attack but risk finding themselves bald in defence, with since Danilo (sprained ankle) and Alex Sandro (thigh) also going through the hospital in recent days.

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The management of the Seleçao was nevertheless confident of a possible return of Danilo, who resumed training with the ball and could help, if necessary, in the left-back position, which he sometimes occupied with Juventus.

At right back, if the veteran Dani Alves (39) no longer provides all the defensive guarantees, coach Tite could renew the versatile Eder Militao, who was already lined up against Switzerland (1-0) on the right side of the defense, although he plays instead in central defense at Real Madrid.

Brazil, opposite South Korea on Monday in the round of 16 of the World Cup, hopes to recover in time with his master to play Neymar, victim of a sprained right ankle on November 24 against Serbia (2-0). The Paris SG superstar had accompanied his partners on Friday night to the Lusail stadium, appearing on the lawn in a tracksuit, smiling and without a limp.

Brazil coach Tite sounded optimistic, saying he believes “Neymar will play again in this World Cup”, with the forward carrying Brazil’s hopes of capturing a sixth star, twenty years after the fifth.

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