Casemiro’s absence from the Brazil squad has cast a shadow of disappointment, adding to the growing list of wounded players at Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
The treatment table at Old Trafford is resembling rush hour on the M62, with players succumbing to various knocks and niggles.
As confirmed by Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, Casemiro is not expected to be back in action until the New Year.
This news has left not only the Dutchman but also Brazil disappointed, as they have to navigate the World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina without one of the modern era’s most decorated footballers.
Brazil coach Fernando Diniz expresses his sentiments, stating, “It’s always good to be able to count on everyone. It’s a shame and a great sadness not to be able to count on Neymar.
He is missed in any scenario, as is Casemiro, one of the great exponents in the position in recent years in world football.”
However, amidst this disappointment, opportunities arise for others. As Diniz puts it, the young players recognize that they are there on merit, performing well at significant clubs.
He emphasizes the importance of them acting naturally, reproducing their club performances on the international stage.
This situation opens the door for potential long-term replacements, with Manchester United reportedly eyeing a £30 million deal for Copa Libertadores winner Andre Trindade.
Diniz, the Brazil interim boss and also Andre’s coach at Fluminense, encourages these young players to seize the moment and showcase their abilities.
Interestingly, Antony, the criticized winger from Manchester United, is not part of Diniz’s squad, with his absence attributed to form rather than fitness.