Tite reveals Brazil team to face Uruguay – with Casemiro in the XI

Tite reveals Brazil team to face Uruguay – with Casemiro in the XI

There will be just two changes to the side that took to the field for coach Tite’s first game in charge of the Selecao back in September 2016

On Tuesday Brazil coach Tite revealed his starting line-up for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.

In the first training session of the week to include all 23 players, the return of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro was confirmed

Injured for the last four qualifiers, Casemiro had been replaced by Fernandinho but the Manchester City man, who captained the Selecao against Peru in November, looks set to return to the bench.

The other big question around team selection was on who would start at centre-forward in the absence of the injured Gabriel Jesus.

It appears Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has got the nod, ahead of Sport Recife striker Diego Souza. As expected, Alisson will retain his place in goal.

There will be just two changes from the XI that took to the field for Tite’s first game in charge, against Ecuador in September 2016, and one of those is enforced with Man City’s Gabriel Jesus nursing a toe injury.

The other will see Chelsea’s Willian replaced by Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho. Willian is the only player since Tite’s arrival to have lost his place in the side due to anything other than injury or suspension.

Assistant coach Sylvinho ran tactical drills with the first XI in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, which focused heavily on the movement of front-man Firmino.

Brazil travel to Montevideo on Tuesday night and on Wednesday will train at the Estadio Centenario, where they meet Uruguay on Thursday.

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