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Tite slams ‘evil lies’ over Jesus injury as Brazil hope to welcome Neymar back

Tite slams ‘evil lies’ over Jesus injury as Brazil hope to welcome Neymar back

Arsenal are concerned about the severity of Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury after Brazil manager Tite refuted “evil rumors” that he was aware of the striker’s injury before he played against Cameroon.

Jesus may miss up to three months of activity, according to reports in Brazil, but Tite voiced displeasure at “haters” who said he took a risk with the player’s health.

Jesus sustained the injury during Brazil’s shocking 1-0 loss to Cameroon on Friday, and he underwent an MRI on Saturday morning.

“We do not like hearing lies, evil lies,” Tite said in response to speculation Jesus had complained of having pain in his right knee ahead of that match. “We have no time for it.”

Arsenal have in communication with the Brazil medical staff, but club insiders claim it is too early to make definite assessments on the striker’s injury severity.

Tite had also visited Arsenal prior to the World Cup, and “at no stage” was Jesus’ injury addressed, according to the Brazil coaching staff.

“The liars, the haters out there – they should go and do something else,” Tite added. “They must stop giving out this fake news. Arsenal have a great medical department. We have a great medical department.

“We are responsible people and we take great responsibility with the health of our players. We never, ever take risks.”

Jesus is the fifth injury concern for the Brazil side at this tournament, although Neymar, who hurt his ankle in their tournament opener against Serbia, is now hopeful of starting today against South Korea.

Neymar has endured numerous troubles with his right foot and underwent surgery for a fractured metatarsal four years ago.

Tite seized control of the microphone and responded “yes” when Thiago Silva was asked if Neymar will play, confirming his return to the starting lineup.

It will be a welcome addition to a squad plagued by fitness issues, with right-back Danilo also suffering an ankle injury against Serbia and left-back Alex Sandro injuring his hip against Switzerland.

On Saturday, Alex Telles and Jesus were ruled out for the remainder of the competition.

Tite emphasized that Neymar’s comeback was supported by the team’s medical experts and that the player’s well-being was the top priority.

“If he plays, it’s because he is in full health and ready to start, to play from the beginning and the entire game with no limitations,” Tite said. “My preference is always to play my best players from the start.”

A lengthy absence for Jesus, meanwhile, would be devastating for Arsenal’s chances of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League crown.

Tite slams ‘evil lies’ over Jesus injury as Brazil hope to welcome Neymar back

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