With Liverpool yet to determine the extent of Fabinho‘s hamstring injury, Brazil have included the No. 3 in their next squad and are “optimistic” on his fitness.
The 28-year-old told Jurgen Klopp upon his withdrawal at Villa Park that he felt positive over his fitness, but his involvement between now and the end of the season is now doubtful.
The priority could then shift to ensuring Fabinho is fit and available for the Champions League final, with Brazil fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian “optimistic” he will be in contention against Real Madrid on May 28.
This comes after Fabinho‘s call-up to the Brazil squad to play friendlies against South Korea, Japan and Argentina next month.
Brazil will travel to Seoul for their meeting with South Korea on June 2, just five days after the Champions League final, before a trip to Tokyo to play Japan on June 6.
A ridiculous end-of-season schedule will then take in a trip to Melbourne, Australia to play Argentina on June 11, with Liverpool expected to begin pre-season training less than a month later.
Alisson has also been named in Tite’s squad, but there is no place for Roberto Firmino for a sixth consecutive occasion, with the 30-year-old having not played for his club in a month and only started three times in the last three months.
It seems likely that Firmino’s international career is over, then, at least under Tite, which could see him fully focus his efforts on Liverpool.