FIFA World Cup Brazil has been rocked by an injury crisis, with the Brazilian team set to miss the final in Paris on Thursday.
Goal.com understands that the Brazilian squad is expected to miss their first World Cup game of the tournament after missing the last game of their group at home to Colombia in the previous round.
The loss of star midfielder Paulo Dybala is also expected to leave Brazil with a depleted squad, with striker Lucas Moura and midfielders Lucas Moure and Marcos Senna both out with injuries.
Senna is expected back on Friday, but Dybali’s absence will add further pressure on the team.
The match against France, a team that Brazil has won the World Cup twice, will be the final group match of the competition and it is understood that Brazil’s coaching staff have already decided to start with the underdogs, with head coach Roberto Mancini expected to start his side against Paris.
“I think that Brazil is going to start the game in the group with France,” Mancinis boss told a news conference.
“We have a lot of games left to play, a lot more matches left, so we have to take this game very seriously.”
In the group stage, Brazil have not had to face France in the last four games, so I think that they will take it very seriously and I think they will have a good game in front of them.
“Brazil lost their last two matches to Argentina and Colombia in group stage action, with their next two matches against Colombia and Argentina on the road to face them in the semi-finals.
In their opening game, Brazil went down 1-0 to Argentina at the Estadio Maracana in Brazil, while in their next match, they were beaten 2-0 by Colombia.
The World Cup is now in its ninth round of qualifiers, with Uruguay and Chile playing in the final match in Group B, and the final round will kick off on Thursday, with Brazil’s final group game scheduled for 10pm (local time) and a final in the quarter-finals on Friday.