Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay all face injury issues

By: AP |

November 12, 2020 8:29:31 am

PSG’s Neymar reacts after he was blocked throughout the Champions League group H match between Basaksehir and PSG in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (Ozan Kose/Pool through AP)

Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay are all dealing with injury issues forward of upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.

For Brazil, ahead Philippe Coutinho is out. Argentina will probably be lacking striker Paulo Dybala. And Uruguay must do with out midfielder Federico Valverde.

Brazil has the added downside of lacking Neymar for the crew’s match towards Venezuela on Friday due to a groin injury. But he may return towards Uruguay on Tuesday.

Brazil and Argentina lead the 10-team qualifying group with six factors from two matches, adopted by Colombia and Paraguay with 4 factors every. Uruguay has three factors.

Argentina will host Paraguay on Thursday and then journey to Peru for a match on Tuesday. The Uruguayans play at Colombia on Friday and then face Brazil.

In different matches, Bolivia performs Ecuador on Thursday and then faces Paraguay on Tuesday. Chile hosts Peru on Friday and then goes to Venezuela for a match on Tuesday.

The prime 4 groups within the group will robotically qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The fifth-place crew will attain a playoff towards a crew from one other continent.


Argentina will probably be with out Dybala towards Paraguay due to a urinary an infection whereas Sergio Aguero stays out with muscular issues, making it probably Lionel Messi may have Ángel Di María as his associate up entrance.

Things aren’t a lot better behind the attacking line. Midfielders Marcos Acuña and Eduardo Salvio are injured and defender Lucas Martínez Quarta may very well be left on the bench due to well being protocols. He is anticipated to reach in Buenos Aires solely a day earlier than the match at La Bombonera Stadium.

Argentina struggled to a 1-1 draw towards Paraguay that final time the 2 groups met, on the 2019 Copa America.

“There can be similar things to that Copa America match,” Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo mentioned. “Mainly in the way we closed the defensive gaps, how we helped each other by being close and how we attacked them with speed and straightforwardness. But no match is like the other.”


Besides Coutinho and Neymar, Brazil additionally has injury issues with Casemiro, Fabinho and Rodrigo Caio. Another defender, Eder Militao, is out with COVID-19.

“When you have a team that is playing many matches together and then you lose some parts there could be a lack of balance,” Brazil defender Thiago Silva mentioned. “But that is no excuse, we have to show our mindset to prove our value, prove why we play for Brazil.”

However, striker Gabriel Jesus and goalkeeper Alisson, who missed the primary two qualifiers due to accidents, will return.

Venezuela has misplaced each of its qualifying matches to this point.


Uruguay isn’t alone with accidents forward of its match towards Colombia.

Besides Valverde, who has a proper leg injury, Uruguay goalkeeper Martín Silva, defender Sebastián Coates and striker Maxi Gómez are additionally out.

But Colombia is dealing with its personal issues forward of Friday’s match in Barranquilla. Radamel Falcao has a proper leg injury, defenders Santiago Arias and Stefan Medina are out, and ahead Rafael Santos Borré has COVID-19.

Added to that, defender Dávison Sánchez will miss the match as a result of his spouse is about to present delivery.

Goalkeeper David Ospina, nonetheless, will probably be again. Ospina missed the primary two World Cup qualifying matches due to well being protocols.

“This is a critical match,” Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz mentioned. “We need to know we will face a great team, with a lot of experience, one of the best in the world.”

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