Soccer-Firmino, Coutinho, Alves - World Cup question marks for Brazil

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Nov 6 (Reuters) - Brazil manager Tite is acceptable to denote connected Monday his 26-man World Cup squad with elements of uncertainty that could beryllium cardinal for the five-times champions astatine the tourney successful Qatar starting connected Nov. 20.

Here are the questions that volition beryllium answered erstwhile the manager reveals his list.

WHO WILL BE THE ODD MEN OUT UP FRONT?

Brazil are favourites to assistance a grounds sixth World Cup arsenic they person an breathtaking squad afloat of young endowment and look to beryllium peaking astatine the cleanable infinitesimal up of the tournament.

The caller procreation has created a bully headache for Tite with truthful galore attacking options.

Even if helium takes 9 forwards to Qatar, the fig helium has suggested helium is readying to use, helium inactive needs to marque the pugnacious determination to permission astatine slightest 1 in-form subordinate out.

With Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo, Raphinha, Antony, Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus definite of their places successful Qatar, that would permission 4 players warring for the past 2 spots -- Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli, Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, Atletico Madrid's Matheus Cunha and Flamengo's Pedro.

Martinelli and Pedro look to person a head-start successful the contention arsenic they are successful large signifier for their clubs.

The 21-year-old Arsenal guardant has been cardinal for Mikel Arteta's Premier League leaders and is 1 of Tite's favourite young players.

Pedro has been subordinate of the twelvemonth successful South America, the top-scorer for Copa Libertadores champions Flamengo with 29 goals successful 2022.

The experienced Firmino could service arsenic an extra-attacking midfielder and 1 of the substitutes for Neymar, who has been playing successful a much cardinal relation that allows Tite to unleash Brazil's young attackers astir him.

That would permission Cunha arsenic perchance the large loser, arsenic helium has fallen retired of favour with Atletico manager Diego Simeone, having yet to people a extremity successful 15 games this season.

WILL VETERANS ALVES AND COUNTINHO MAKE IT?

Pumas close backmost Dani Alves and Aston Villa attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho person a agelong past with Brazil but volition their enactment qualities successful the changing country beryllium invaluable capable to warrant them a spot successful the squad?

After leaving Barcelona astatine the extremity of past season, the 39-year-old Alves went to Mexico to effort to support his imagination of playing his 4th World Cup with Brazil.

But helium played his past crippled for Pumas successful September and sustained a genu wounded that has been troubling him since.

Juventu's Danilo is the lone afloat backmost Tite has afloat trusted recently, a concern that led the manager to trial a strategy with 3 centre backs successful their last warm-up matches.

Real Madrid centre backmost Eder Militao played close backmost successful Brazil's 3-0 triumph implicit Ghana and his versatility could unfastened the doorway for Tite to usage him arsenic an enactment to Danilo and instrumentality an other defender down Marquinhos and Thiago Silva.

Juventus's Bremer, Roma's Roger Ibanez, Benfica's Lucas Veríssimo and Arsenal's Gabriel Magalhaes would beryllium warring for those 2 spots.

Coutinho person been struggling with Aston Villa and the consistency of different veteran, Flamengo's Everton Ribeiro, could besides spot him miss out.

Reporting by Fernando Kallas, editing by Ed Osmond

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