Brazilian coach Tite omits defender Renan Lodi for not being fully vaccinated

Brazil coach Tite has left out Renan Lodi for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay because the Atletico Madrid full-back has not received full vaccinations against the virus. COVID-19.

« Renan Lodi has been excluded from the possibility of being called up due to his non-vaccination, » Tite, who recalled Dani Alves and Philippe Coutinho, told reporters on Thursday. “He missed the opportunity to compete (for a place). « 

National teams coordinator Juninho Paulista says the defender received his first vaccine on January 10 and will therefore not be allowed to enter Ecuador, which Brazil will play on January 27 before facing Paraguay in home five days later.

Ecuador requires those entering the country to be fully vaccinated, he said.

Tite said he disagrees with those who are reluctant to get vaccinated amid the pandemic.

« Personally, I believe vaccination is a social responsibility, it’s both mine and the person by my side, » he said when announcing the team in Rio.

Renan Lodi is currently in Saudi Arabia where Atletico Madrid will face Athletic Bilbao later on Thursday in the second semi-final of the revamped Supercopa de España.

Brazil have already qualified for the Qatar World Cup and sit top of the 10-team South American group with five matches remaining.

Neymar has also been ruled out with an ankle injury but Alves, who returned to competitive football with Barcelona last week, returns for the first time since leaving Sao Paulo in September last year.

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