Brazil dealt major blow as Gabriel Jesus among pair to miss remainder of the tournament

The Selecao finished top of their group but will have to proceed with a 24 man squad

Brazil have been dealt a major blow as their squad has been cut down to 24 players for the remainder of the tournament.

The Selecao fell to a late 1-0 defeat against Cameroon in their final group game as Tite fielded a much-changed XI, as Vincent Aboubakar nodded home in added time of the second half before being sent off for removing his shirt.

It did not change Brazil’s fate, however, with Switzerland’s win over Serbia not being by enough goals to overtake the Selecao at the top of group.

It means that the South Americans will take on South Korea in the round of 16, while Switzerland will take on Portugal.

Double blow for Brazil

However, it came at a cost, as it has emerged that both Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles have been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament as a result of injuries picked up in the final group game.

The Arsenal striker, who joined them from Manchester City in the summer, felt pain in his knee and was taken off as a precaution, while Telles was replaced before the hour mark with a seperate issue.

And it has since been confirmed that both will miss the remainder of the tournament, leaving Brazil short of two stars in their squad as they look to make good on being the pre-tournament favourites.

In worse news for Arsenal, Jesus will be sidelined for a month with his knee injury, meaning that he will miss the resumption of the Premier League season, and will not be back until the beginning of January.

It will see him miss out on games against West Ham United and Brighton ahead of the New Year, denting Arsenal’s hopes of maintaining their 5 point lead atop the Premier League.

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