Brazil will not give an international call-up to Roberto Firmino next month. They’re worried about the Liverpool star, according to reports.
Globo reported this week that there are concerns in Brazil about Roberto Firmino. And to be fair, it’s understandable.
Firmino only has 81 minutes under his belt this season – in all competitions. An injury has been a real problem recently, keeping him out of the side. Add in some intense competition for forward places and the Brazilian hasn’t always been in the side.
The most minutes Firmino has played this season is just 43, when he started against Chelsea. Injury forced him off before half-time and we haven’t seen him since.
But while he’s now back in training and ready to play, Brazil have worries. The Globo report appears to have been confirmed, too, as the national side have not given Firmino a call-up for next month’s games.
Firmino will remain on Merseyside, it seems.
No Brazil call-up for Firmino
This sort of works in Liverpool’s favour. We imagine they’d much rather he was resting over the international break after his injury.
But there might be a bit of disappointment. Assuming quarantine restrictions will change for players, the games could have done Firmino some good.
After all, Brazil are right – he hasn’t played much at all this season. It’s hard to believe he’s even close to being match-fit and it may have benefitted Liverpool to have Firmino getting extra games in.
That will depend on his injury, really. If there’s any remaining concern, the rest is the way to go. Otherwise, Liverpool may need to wait a little while before Firmino is up to speed.
We saw last season that he can fall out of a rhythm fairly easily – hopefully, Liverpool are prepared for that and can manage him back to fitness without those extra Brazil games.