Austria v Brazil: Neymar to make first start since February

World Cup 2018 By: Uche Duru | 09/06/2018

Neymar will begin Brazil's World Cup warm-up against Austria on Sunday, manager Tite has affirmed.

The Paris Saint-Germain star denoted his first appearance since suffering a broken metatarsal by coming off the bench to crash in a brilliant solo effort during last weekend's 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield.

Neymar replaced Fernandinho at the interval on that occasion and has now been preferred to the Manchester City midfielder in the starting line-up – Tite's only change as his XI for the World Cup opener against Switzerland seemingly takes shape. 

The reshuffle is probably going to see Philippe Coutinho begin in a focal part close by Barcelona colleague Paulinho, with Casemiro holding and Neymar and Willian supporting striker Gabriel Jesus in the wide attacking roles.

"He's scheduled for a part of the game. How much, I don't know, but he will surely not go the whole game," Tite said of Neymar's involvement at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion.

"We monitor the evolution of training, games and his level of confidence.

 

"I say do not take your foot off, stop competing - the best way to find rhythm is to do strong, quality training."

Manchester United-bound midfielder Fred remains sidelined with an ankle injury sustained during training this week.
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