The injuries seemed to have been piling up for Brazil after Marcelo became the latest player to pick up a knock in their 2-0 win over Serbia on Wednesday. However, finally some good news for the Verde-Amarela, as Danilo was deemed fit enough to play against El Tri in Monday’s Round of 16 clash in Samara.
Danilo entered this World Cup as Tite’s automatic first choice right back following an injury to Dani Alves that kept him out of the tournament. Danilo’s return is important for many reasons, and tactically, it may give Brazil a much-needed height advantage in the right-side of the field. Much of Mexico’s gameplan has revolved around going direct to their fullbacks, but in Danilo, Brazil have somebody who can go toe to toe with a player like Jesus Gallardo.
Not all is good news for Brazil, though, as Marcelo remains a doubt for this game, and Douglas Costa has not been able to recover from an injury sustained before the tournament even started.