Newcastle United teammates Bruno Guimaraes and Fabian Schar have both been ignored for this afternoon’s World Cup clash between Brazil and Switzerland.
The nations started their World Cup campaigns with wins, and are now set to meet at Stadium 974 this afternoon. The game kicks off at 4pm in the United Kingdom and is live on ITV.
However, Toon fans should not expect to see their heroes Bruno and Schar. Neither have been named in their respective starting lineups, having also failed to feature in their sides’ first game of the tournament.
It’s particularly a blow for Bruno, who will have been hoping to feature in the absence of Neymar. The talisman has an ankle injury, but Brazil boss Tite has replaced him Fred.
The Manchester United midfielder has been chosen ahead of Newcastle’s Bruno, which will be hard for Toon fans to stomach. It was rumoured before the game by Globo, and now it is official.
While Bruno remains on the bench for Brazil, there are plenty of Premier League players in Tite’s starting lineup. The aforementioned Fred is joined by Casemiro in midfield, while Lucas Paqueta and Richarlison are deployed in attack. At the back, Thiago Silva captains the side and Liverpool’s Alisson continues in goal.
Fabian Schar not selected alongside Bruno Guimaraes
Bruno hasn’t been picked, and neither has his club mate Schar.
The centre-back recently said that he would ‘smash‘ Bruno when the two sides met, but it doesn’t look like he will get the chance.
But while there was hope that Bruno might be drafted in, it never felt likely that Schar would be called into the Swiss starting XI.
They kept a clean sheet in their first game against Cameroon, so manager Murat Yakin has named the same centre-back pairing to face Brazil. That means Manchester City’s summer signing Manuel Akanji is joined by Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.
While it is disappointing that we won’t see Bruno or Schar play from the off, it could be something that benefits Newcastle in the long run.
The aftereffects of this World Cup could play a part when domestic football, but a lack of minutes should mean that Bruno and Schar are fit and ready to go when Newcastle return to action.
That will be the main thing for Eddie Howe, who will be sweating on the fitness of some key players between now and the end of the World Cup.