Liverpool midfielder Fabinho will finally make his World Cup debut today as Brazil take on Cameroon.
The 29-year-old has so far failed to see any action during his country’s first two matches in Qatar. But now, according to Gulf News, that’s all set to change.
They claim Fabinho will be one of the changes made by head coach Tite, with Brazil’s place in the last 16 already assured.
Needing just one point to ensure they finish top of the group, the manager will call the changes.
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With the arrival of a Liverpool player, it is claimed that one will also leave. After playing the first two games and keeping two clean sheets, Alisson Becker is said to be preparing for a place on the bench tonight. Manchester City’s Ederson is said to be taking his place on a temporary basis.
Fabinho ready to shake off the rust
This is excellent news for Fabinho, and perhaps even for Liverpool as well. Almost three weeks have passed since his last action: for the Reds against Southampton.
As we’ve seen many times from Liverpool’s number 3, he can easily start to rust when he’s out of action.
With that in mind, a brief World Cup watch won’t do him any good. Fabinho was already quite out of form this season. Although his level improved as the break approached, he can still go up several gears.
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Not playing won’t help that, and could mean he’s ill-prepared for the restart of the Premier League later this month.
So it will be good to see him out there. Also on a personal level, it will be a great moment for Fabinho.
Despite his enduring quality since his £44m move to Liverpool, he is often overlooked by his national team manager. Usually only getting playing time from the bench, he must do his best to impress against Cameroon.
It won’t be an easy game either. The Africans still have a good chance of getting through the group, and Napoli’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa gave Fabinho a torrid time earlier this season.
After being written off for much of the campaign so far, it’s time for Fab to answer his critics on the world stage.
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