World news – CAF – ‘We are not machines’: injury-hit Brazil and Argentina to resume World Cup 2020 qualifiers


Despite his recent setback, Neymar will still travel with the team amid hopes that he may recover in time for the trip to Uruguay on November 17th.

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Rio de Janeiro: Brazil must face a growing list of injuries including star striker Neymar as they resume their World Cup qualifiers this week, while Argentina prepares to extend their perfect start on home soil against neighboring Paraguay.

Brazil will host the Copa America champion Venezuela in Sao Paulo on Friday to seek a third victory in more than one match after the start of its Qatar 2022 campaign with its victories over Bolivia and Peru.

However, Brazil coach Tite will miss Neymar after the world’s most expensive player injured his thigh while performing his Champions League duty with Paris Saint-Germain in Turkey last month.

Neymar, 28, scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 win in Lima the last time, beating Ronaldo as Brazil’s second goalscorer in history His score of 64 leaves him 13 goals behind Pele’s score.

Despite his recent setback, Neymar will still travel with the team amid hopes that he may recover in time for the trip to Uruguay on November 17th.

However, national team co-ordinator Juninho Paulista said that Tite told PSG sports director Leonardo that he “will never risk the player’s health”

Defender Thiago Silva has tightened Chelsea’s defense since his arrival in England, but the 36-year-old has warned that the crowded global fixture list is taking a toll on the players.

« You have to keep rediscovering yourself indefinitely. We lose players with COVID-19 or others hurt because we play a lot of matches and he said » We are not machines « 

“We have seen recent studies showing that you are more likely to get injured after four or five matches coming one after the other (every three days) It is very worrying for us”

While goalkeeper Alison Baker and striker Gabriel Jesus return after injury, Brazil will also be without Casemiro, Philip Coutinho and Fabinho

Argentina, who started to qualify with minor wins over Ecuador and Bolivia, hope Lionel Messi will be fit for their matches against Paraguay and Peru

The Barcelona striker is said to be suffering from an ankle infection, leaving Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni to consider his options if his captain is not present

Paulo Dybala is again absent from the team alongside Sergio Aguero, despite calling up Angel Di Maria for the first time in over a year.

Lautaro Martinez is likely to start up front while superstar Joaquin Correa can be rewarded for the winning goal at La Paz height

Lucas Alario has made his way to the competition after scoring seven goals for Bayer Leverkusen in his past four games in the Bundesliga.

Uruguay will meet Colombia in Barranquilla on Friday in an attempt to recover from last month’s 4-2 loss in Ecuador.

Luis Suarez is the joint scorer in the qualifiers with three goals, all from penalties, continuing his level of club level with Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder Fedi Valverde to miss with a broken leg and Maxi Gomez missed due to a knee problem for Uruguay

Argentine coach Gustavo Alvaro pledged to give his « heart and soul to bring Ecuador to Qatar » after they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup

« At the moment, Ecuador is a bunch of goodwill more than just a (finished) team, » com

“As I said before, the challenge is to turn hope into reality. I am not here to manage a team but to win.”

“I have to admit it would be disappointing if we weren’t in the next World Cup,” he added, as his team plays away to Bolivia on Thursday.

Peru, last year’s Copa America runner-up, will play Chile on Friday – the country that won the tournament in 2015 and 2016

Both countries are looking to breathe life into the qualifiers in Santiago after scoring just one point in the opening rounds

Update date:

November 11, 2020 15:18:18 India Standard Time


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Ronaldo was first tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13 while playing for Portugal. He has been in self-isolation since his return to Italy.

In his 150th appearance in the European competition, Messi sent an early penalty kick at Camp Nou after a foul in the area and headed Gerard Pique in Ansu Fati’s cross in the hour.

The Barcelona match will be the fourth missed by Ronaldo, who is not showing symptoms of the virus, and has posted photos of himself training on social media.

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