Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is doubtful for Brazil’s opening World Cup 2022 qualifier against Bolivia using a back injury.

Footage on societal media this week showed Neymar placing his hands on his lower spine and keeling on the floor in pain during a training session.

He was unable to train on Thursday and Tite is now preparing to be with no key guy for Friday’s clash in Sao Paulo, together with Flamengo’s Everton Ribeiro on autopilot.

Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar verified a decision will be made on Neymar’s accessibility on Friday and Tite added:”We might have to wait and watch. “If we’re without Neymar then it will be Everton in his place.” Brazil are already without goalkeeper Alisson and striker Gabriel Jesus but Tite nevertheless has a deep squad to choose from for the double-header with Bolivia and Peru.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro will captain the side in the lack of Dani Alves, who is regaining fitness after an injury layoff, while Weverton and Douglas Luiz will also begin.

“He’s one of those captains, among the leaders we have. “We have three great goalkeepers however Weverton has performed at a high degree.

“Douglas Luiz is just another. We want to give him greater freedom to assault against the left side. He has to have the ability to supply the man up front.”

Brazil will belatedly get their qualifying effort up and running after the first four rounds of fixtures were called off as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

The Selecao won the 2019 Copa America but also have progressed past the quarter-final period of their World Cup just once since 2002, when they won the fifth of their titles.

“It’s all about loving the pressure,” Tite stated at his pre-match news conference on Thursday. “It’s my responsibility to make decisions and acquire titles.

However, this is a team under construction”

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