Real Madrid stars Casemiro and Marcelo join Brazil side

Lawrence Cooper
June 2, 2018

The superstar forward suffered a sprained ankle and broken metatarsal playing for PSG in February and missed the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a shock switch to the Spanish top flight in the close-season despite being contracted with the Ligue 1 champions until 2022.

Brazil star Neymar admits he is not yet 100 per cent fit, three weeks out from the start of the World Cup.

The ESPN FC panel are joined by Raf Honigstein to dissect Brazil's chances of winning the World Cup following the release of their 23-man squad. "He's a player that I like, that everyone likes. Of course he needs a little time to adjust", Lasmar said as quoted by Globoesporte.

But Neymar says that he would love to have the opportunity to link up with the Catalan in the future. That will come with time. "There's nothing that can stop me", he said.

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"We hope he'll be 100% ready or as ready as is possible".

It's a fine balancing act for Brazil manager Tite, who's likely hesitant about rushing his most prized asset back following surgery but knows his tournament would be better served by adequate game time in the buildup.

Let me remind you that in the group stage of the upcoming world championship, starting June 14, the team of Titus will play with the teams of Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Brazil's football confederation spokesman Vinicius Rodrigues said coach Tite chose to give the three players more time to rest before they join the squad.

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