Brazil’s interim manager Fernando Diniz has confirmed that Casemiro asked to be substituted against Venezuela after picking up an ankle injury.
The midfielder has been ever-present for the Red Devils in all competitions this term, but his involvement could be doubtful following the international break.
The 31-year-old started the recent 1-1 World Cup qualifier draw against Venezuela, but was replaced in the 79th minute with Fluminense’s Andre.
Speaking to Globo Esporte, Diniz has now revealed that the substitution was forced on him. Casemiro asked him to come off after a blow to his ankle.
He said: “As there was a stop (in play), I decided to make the three substitutions. We had a lot of control when they came on. Casemiro asked to come off due to a blow to his ankle.”
Casemiro’s absence would be a huge blow for Man Utd
The Brazilian star has been far from his best for the Red Devils this season, but he remains a vital figure in Erik ten Hag’s plans across all competitions.
Casemiro has been inconsistent with his distribution and defensive contributions but going forward, he has registered four goals and one assist.
The €40 million-rated star had a similar start during his debut season, but managed to redeem himself. He was hugely influential in ending the club’s trophy drought.
In our view, Casemiro’s absence would be a huge blow for United despite the current midfield depth.
Sofyan Amrabat and Scott McTominay can fill the void left by him. There is also Kobbie Mainoo, who could get game time once he returns to full fitness.
Hopefully, Casemiro has only picked up a minor knock. We should get more clarity over his situation ahead of Brazil’s next World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.
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