Neymar set to return for Brazil's World Cup qualifiers

Mudeet Arora
Neymar will play Brazil's final two World Cup qualifiers
Neymar will play Brazil's final two World Cup qualifiers / Alexandre Schneider/GettyImages

Brazilian superstar Neymar is all set to make a return to the national team as they play their final two FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The PSG hitman has missed Brazil's first two games of 2022 due to injury but has returned back from an ankle injury.

Brazil coach Tite announced his squad for the international games against Chile on March 25 and Bolivia on March 29 including Neymar in his probables.

Tite, who recently announced he plans to leave the post after the World Cup, said Neymar had “played well in the first half” against Real Madrid, before “collapsing, like the entire team.”

“He’s got extraordinary quality, but he’s coming off a natural process for anyone who gets injured. He’s in the process of searching to get his top form back,” he said.

Neymar will be joined by forward Vinicius Junior. Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli has also earned his first ever call-up to the Brazil senior team.

Juventus midfielder Arthur too makes a return to the squad after being absent for a year. Everton's Richarlison has also been called up.

The two visible misses from the squad are Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City and Gabigol of Flamengo.


Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool/ENG), Ederson (Manchester City/ENG), Weverton (Palmeiras)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Sao Paulo), Danilo (Juventus/ITA), Alex Telles (Manchester United/ENG), Guilherme Arana (Atletico Mineiro), Eder Militao (Real Madrid/ESP), Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal/ENG), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Thiago Silva (Chelsea/ENG)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle/ENG), Arthur (Juventus/ITA), Fabinho (Liverpool/ENG), Fred (Manchester United/ENG), Lucas Paqueta (Lyon/FRA), Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa/ENG)

Forwards: Antony (Ajax/HOL), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal/ENG), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid/ESP), Raphinha (Leeds United/ENG), Richarlison (Everton/ENG), Rodrygo (Real Madrid/ESP)