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Brazil boss: I’m worried about Neymar’s injury

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Tite has admitted that Neymar’s newest injury crisis is a concern for him after Brazil’s Copa America draw.

The 26-year-old forward damaged the same metatarsal he broke last February during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 Coupe de France win over Strasbourg on Wednesday.

This came after Strasbourg midfielder Moataz Zemzemi fouled Neymar three times in the space of just a few seconds with the referee taking no action.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel was then forced to substituted a tearful Neymar in the 62nd-minute for Moussa Diaby.

The Parisians later released a statement on Neymar’s condition which confirmed that he had suffered a “painful recurrence” of the foot injury that ruled him out of action for almost three months.

PSG added in the statement that the course of treatment will depend on how he heals across the next few days.

Now an anxious Brazil manager Tite is waiting for further updates on his star forward after the Seleção were drawn in Group A of the Copa America with Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru.

“Yes [I’m worried about Neymar],” admitted Tite, according to Fox Sports.

“I followed the press, I know the comments, I have the same information, he needs three days to see the real diagnosis, meanwhile I hope he is okay.

“We have a scheduled trip to have contact with the players in Europe, we will see three or four important games, Liverpool, PSG and Barcelona.

“To have direct contact with the players, it’s part of my activity. I’m going to talk to some managers…and I’ll get in touch with Neymar and I hope everything is fine.”

However, the impressive form of Vinicius Junior at Real Madrid could open the door for him to make his debut for the Brazil senior team this year.

The 18-year-old’s rapid rise at Real has seen him become a more permanent member of the first-team squad with another eye-catching display in their 4-2 Copa del Rey win over Girona.

“We had 14 new players with us in our last six games that had never worn the Brazilian shirt. It is a time of transition and opportunity as well,” added Tite.

“When I talk about opportunities, I like to repeat things. It is not a test. A test is for those who don’t have quality, an opportunity is for those who have quality.

“Vinicius is among those who may have an opportunity. Brazil is open until the final moment.”

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