Brazil summoned defender Rodrigo Caio, a Flamengo player, in the place of Thiago Silva, who on Saturday suffered a muscle injury with Chelsea during the Champions League final, ahead of the qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup against Ecuador (3 June) and Paraguay (June 8).
The substitution was announced by Brazilian coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi “Tite” after confirmation that veteran Thiago Silva suffered a muscle injury in the final that crowned Chelsea European champions. The 36-year-old center-back had to retire before the break after injuring himself in a jump with Phil Foden.
Despite the injury, confirmed by the examinations carried out on Sunday, Tite kept the call for Thiago Silva, who will not be lined up in the qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup but can reinforce the ‘canarinha’ ‘in the Copa América, which begins on June 13 and of which it will be the host team after CONMEBOlL granted the organization to Brazil when Argentina resigned due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a statement released by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Rodrigo Caio arrived this Monday at Granja Comary, the modern training center that the ‘canarinha’ has in the mountain city of Teresópolis, along with his two colleagues from Flamengo , forwards Everton Ribeiro and Gabriel Barbosa ‘Gabigol’.
Thiago Silva is Brazil’s third casualty in the initial squad for the games against Ecuador and Paraguay because right-back Emerson (Betis) had to be called up to replace the injured Daniel Alves (Sao Paulo) and central defender Felipe (Atlético) was called in the place of the also injured Lucas Veríssimo (Benfica).
Brazil has been training since last Wednesday at the Comary Farm for its next two matches despite the fact that the players are arriving by dropper. In training on Saturday and Sunday, however, Tite already had 18 of the 24 called up.
The finalists, upon arrival
This Monday goalkeeper Ederson (Manchester City) and Thiago Silva are expected, who were rivals in Porto on Saturday in the Champions League final.
Brazil will only have all its players on Tuesday, three days before the game with Ecuador in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, when the arrival of striker Gabriel Jesús (Manchester City) is expected.
Brazil leads the South American qualifiers with 12 points after four victories in the same number of games. EFE