The 30-year-old was rested by Selecao boss Tite for Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Cameroon on Friday night in the final games of Group G.
But United’s number 18, who has scored one of Brazil’s three goals at the World Cup in Qatar, will come back into the side to face Korea for a spot in the quarter-finals tonight.
But with United loanee Alex Telles ruled out of the rest of the tournament after picking up a knee injury against Cameroon, Globo claims that fellow Red Devils Fred and Antony will start the knockout tie against the East Asia nation on the bench.
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According to the Brazilian media outlet, Tite’s starting XI will be: Alisson, Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Danilo, Casemiro, Paqueta, Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Richarlison.
It seems with Neymar recovering from the ankle injury that saw him miss the games against Switzerland and Cameroon, Tite is going to put West Ham United midfielder Lucas Paqueta alongside Casemiro in midfield over Fred.
However, with United’s number 17 still a yellow card away from serving a one-match suspension, Tite could well be playing it safe with the 29-year-old to prevent him potentially missing the last-eight.
There is a “clean slate” from the quarter-finals into the semi-finals where all previous cautions are wiped.
Having made his first World Cup start against Cameroon, Antony looks set to make way for Raphinha with the Barcelona winger ahead of United’s number 21 in Tite’s right-hand side pecking order.
The winners of Brazil against South Korean will play the winners of Japan versus Croatia in the last eight.