Brazil’s Felipe Luis Could Miss the 2018 World Cup
Brazil’s preparations for the 2018 World Cup have suffered a potential set-back with news of Felipe Luis’ latest injury. The defender sustained a leg fracuture during Atletico Madrid’s 5-1 success over Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League on March 15th. It is estimated he will be on the sidelines for at least six weeks but club doctors have warned the left-back that there is no guarantee he will be fit enough to represent his country in Russia.
The 32-year-old has 31 caps for Brazil and had already been named in Tite’s squad ahead of friendlies against Russia and Germany at the end of the month. Marcelo is the man who is likely to replace him in the team, with veteran Alex Sandro another possible option for the Selecao.
Brazil are second favourites for the tournament with Sports Interaction and can be backed at 5.95, and they are also available at 5.50 to score the highest number of goals in Russia. They have been drawn in Group E alongside Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica, and begin their campaign against Vladimir Petkovic’s side on June 17th.
It’s the second injury-scare for Tite, who also feared that talisman Neymar may miss the tournament following a foot injury that was sustained playing for PSG. The 26-year-old is set to be on the sidelines for three months but is currently on schedule to return in time for the 2018 World Cup.
Russia’s World Cup Plans Obliterated by Injuries
It’s not just Brazil feeling the injury pinch — hosts Russia have already lost two key players to injury with Viktor Vasin and Georgy Dzhikiya already on the treatment table, and they’ve been rocked by the announcement that Alexander Kokorin is set to join them on the sidelines. The forward picked up a knee injury during Zenit’s 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig in the Europa League on March 15th and is unlikely to be available for Russia’s opening match with Saudi Arabia on June 14th. The hosts are 1.32 favourites to open proceedings with a victory and have been pushed out to 2.25 to finish top of Group A ahead of Uruguay and Egypt.