Brazil have already qualified for the following round at Qatar 2022, but they have yet to secure the top spot in Group G. Therefore, many wonder why Neymar is not playing against Cameroon.
Brazil arrived in Qatar 2022 as one of, if not the strongest, contenders to win the FIFA World Cup. Tite’s men have lived up to expectations so far with comfortable wins against Serbia and Switzerland.
With a ticket to the elimination fights, La Verde-Amarela are also almost assured of first place in Group G. Although Brazil still have to face Cameroon, they only need a draw to finish top.
Tite therefore decided to make significant changes in the lineup. Of course, many starters will be rested before the round of 16, but Neymar won’t even be available to start in the second half.
Why is Neymar not available for Brazil against Cameroon
Neymar is missing Brazil’s game against Cameroon due to an ankle sprain sustained on Matchday 1 against Serbia. The PSG star was ruled out for at least the Round of 16, though it remains to be seen whether he makes it on time.