Manchester United’s Casemiro Faces Uncertainty Ahead of FA Cup Clash Against Liverpool Due to Injury, Brazilian Midfielder’s Absence Raises Concerns for Old Trafford Showdown

The Brazilian national team has raised concerns about Casemiro’s availability for Manchester United’s crucial FA Cup quarter-final clash against Liverpool on Sunday due to injury.

Casemiro, who joined United from Real Madrid in a £60 million move in 2022, played the entire 90 minutes in their recent 2-0 victory over Everton.

However, there are indications that the 32-year-old midfielder might miss the upcoming game at Old Trafford, as he has not been selected for Brazil’s upcoming fixtures against England and Spain.

The specific nature of Casemiro’s injury remains undisclosed, but according to Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, he has been ruled out of contention. Pepe, a midfielder from Porto, has been called up to replace him in the national squad for the friendlies.

Confirmation from Brazil’s Head Coach

During a press conference, Brazil’s head coach Dorival Junior confirmed the replacement, stating that Pepe had been drafted into the squad due to Casemiro’s injury.

The announcement was also made via Brazil’s official channels, indicating the change in the squad for the upcoming matches against England and Spain.

Erik ten Hag’s Update on Manchester United’s Injuries

In a separate development, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag provided updates on potential returns from injury, including midfielder Mason Mount.

Mount, who has been sidelined since November with a calf injury, could make a comeback for United. Despite his £60 million transfer from Chelsea in the summer, Mount has faced a challenging season due to various injuries.

Ten Hag expressed disappointment over Mount’s injury woes but remains optimistic about his contribution once he returns to full fitness. Mount’s absence has been keenly felt by United, especially given his talent and potential impact on the team.

Casemiro’s Recent Form and Potential Impact

Casemiro has been a consistent presence in United’s recent fixtures, featuring in their last nine games across all competitions. His absence, if confirmed, would be a significant setback for United, especially considering his pivotal role in the team’s midfield.

Having already missed a portion of the season due to a hamstring injury in November, Casemiro’s potential absence adds to United’s injury woes.

Brazil’s Squad for Upcoming Friendlies

Brazil’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against England and Spain includes notable names such as Vinicius Jr, Richarlison, and Lucas Paqueta.

However, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has been omitted from the squad due to a hamstring issue he sustained in February.

Overall, the uncertainty surrounding Casemiro’s availability for the FA Cup clash against Liverpool adds intrigue to the fixture, with both teams eager to secure a spot in the next round of the competition.

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