Brazil boss Tite pledges not to risk Ney­mar

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Ney­mar’s health will not be put at risk in the name of Brazil pur­su­ing World Cup glory, ac­cord­ing to head coach Tite.

The five-time world cham­pi­ons face an anx­ious wait over their star man’s re­turn to fit­ness af­ter he suf­fered a frac­tured foot in Paris Saint-Ger­main’s 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Mar­seille at the end of last month. Surgery fol­lowed and an es­ti­mated three-month re­cov­ery pe­riod means Ney­mar faces a race against time to be in peak con­di­tion for Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzer­land in Ros­tov on June 17. Nev­er­the­less, speak­ing af­ter con­firm­ing his squad for the forth­com­ing friendlies with Rus­sia and Ger­many, Tite in­sisted rush­ing Ney­mar back is not a price he is will­ing to pay – even with the stakes so high. “Ney­mar’s fa­ther said the pri­mary con­cern is the ath­lete’s health. It is the same thing all us think. Health comes first,” he told a news con­fer­ence. “You don’t pay for win­ning like that whether it’s the World Cup, whether it’s the Brazil­ian na­tional team.

“Pay­ing the price with some­one’s health or rush­ing some­one’s re­cov­ery, we don’t do that.” Be­sik­tas mid­fielder An­der­son Talisca and Real So­ciedad’s Wil­lian Jose are the new faces in Tite’s squad and will look to make the most of a late chance to book a place in the squad for Rus­sia 2018. “Wil­lian Jose and Talisca are in great ath­letic mo­ments and are in­cluded to bring dif­fer­ent com­po­nents,” Tite said.

“For ex­am­ple, Wil­lian Jose has had two great sea­sons at Real So­ciedad and is re­ally de­vel­op­ing as a player. He has great move­ment as an ath­lete and a good over­all game. He has a mo­tion and a style of play­ing sim­i­lar to that of the Sele­cao.

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