Brazil coach Tite has said that a decision on Alex Sandro will be made on matchday as the defender faces a race against time to be fit for the 2022 FIFA World Cup clash against Croatia on Friday (December 9).
The Selecao face the Vatreni, the runners-up of the last edition, at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan for a place in the last four. Sandro is the only injury concern in the squad right now after he suffered a hip injury in their 1-0 group-stage win over Switzerland ten days ago.
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He subsequently missed the clashes against Cameroon and South Korea but has been in training for the last few days, edging closer to returning. At a recent press conference, Tite addressed the issue, saying (via SportBuzz):
“He’s going to train in the afternoon to see if he’s available to go to the game. The tendency is not to participate, because there’s not much work to be done yet. These are different injuries. I have to do with the medical and physical department this situation. It’s different from Neymar, but it will depend on this afternoon whether he will be available or not.”
The Selecao won Group G and clinically saw off South Korea in the Round of 16, netting four first-half goals to demonstrate their frightening potential.
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Croatia will no doubt be their toughest opposition yet, but Brazil have history on their side, having never lost to the Vatreni in their five previous meetings.
The two teams have clashed twice at the World Cup, with the Selecao winning on both occasions – a 1-0 win in the group stage at Germany 2006 and a 3-1 win in the group stage of the 2014 edition that they hosted.