Neymar is back in the Brazil squad for their first World Cup qualifiers, but goalkeeper Alisson is missing despite only being ruled out for a week by Liverpool with a hip injury.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Friday that Alisson is set to miss the Reds' next two matches against Bournemouth and Atletico Madrid after sustaining a hip problem in training.

Klopp said the situation will be clear after next week, but Brazil have left him off their list for matches against Bolivia and Peru, to be played on March 28 and April 1, respectively.

Brazil coach Tite confirmed in his news conference Alisson has been excluded from the selection due to injury.

Neymar returns, however, after he missed their previous matches in November due to fitness issues of his own, though Tite seemed frustrated when asked about the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

"Hopefully all high-level athletes are at their best and that I have to answer 300 questions about why one player and not the other," he said.

"I want to have difficult decisions all the time, that everyone is in good form, Neymar included."

Notable inclusions are Bruno Guimaraes, Felipe and Everton Ribeiro.

Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes is in line for his first cap, Felipe is hoping to get only his second and Flamengo's Everton Ribeiro has not represented the Selecao since the 2015 Copa America.

"In the case of Everton, he returns because he has great form in his creative process," Tite said. "Bruno Guimaraes had a great championship last year for Athletico Paranaense, we followed him in the Under-23s and in Lyon, this consolidates, strengthens.

"It is likewise with Felipe. We followed two games that were emblematic of Atletico Madrid, against Liverpool and Valencia."

Brazil squad in full:

Weverton (Palmeiras), Ederson (Manchester City), Ivan (Ponte Preta); Dani Alves (Sao Paulo), Danilo (Juventus), Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Felipe (Atletico Madrid), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain); Arthur (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Bruno Guimaraes (Lyon), Philippe Coutinho (Bayern Munich), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool); Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo), Everton (Gremio), Richarlison (Everton), Bruno Henrique (Flamengo).

Chris Silverwood revealed England are mulling over sticking with an all-seam attack for the first Test against South Africa at Centurion.

England selected four seamers and all-rounder Ben Stokes for the second and final match of their series against New Zealand last time out.

The tourists have been affected by illness ahead of the opener against the Proteas, with Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer and Jack Leach among those struck down.

Head coach Silverwood says spinner Leach may not be selected regardless of his health, due to previous fixtures at SuperSport Park.

Asked if it is possible England could line up on Boxing Day without a frontline slow bowler, he replied: "Yeah, I think it is.

"Obviously in Hamilton we looked at all the stats, who took wickets at the ground, and it showed that spin didn't really play much part in the games, or certainly have much effect on the games.

"We look at the stats for this ground, it's the same thing, you're looking at wickets taken by seam, wickets taken by spin and the averages that go along with them, it suggests that seam is the way forward, and the thing that has most effect on the game here, so we're certainly looking at that."

Uncapped leg-spinner Matt Parkinson is another option for England, while Dom Bess was called up as cover for Leach.

Silverwood added: "We've got some good resources in the spin department, Leachy is coming back to fitness now, we've got Dominic Bess here as well, Parky who bowled nicely in Benoni [where England drew with South Africa A in a tour match].

"So we've got the resources but we're looking at it for what it is, what has most effect in this game. We're not definitely going down the road of all seam, but it's something we've got to discuss over the next few days.

"I''s not rocket science, every team has these stats. You look at what's effective on that ground and then you look at what you've got in your arsenal and try to put out the best side you can."

As they prepare for their next match against Cuba in the CONCACAF Women’s Championships, Reggae Girlz Head Coach Hue Menzies says the team is not taking anyone for granted.

Champions Jamaica College and last year’s finalists STATHs each recorded big wins in Tuesday’s round of matches in the Manning Cup competition.

Caribbean champions Jamaica have been drawn in Group C along with Trinidad and Tobago for the International Netball Federation World Cup in Liverpool, England next year. 

National champion Dahlia Palmer will be defending her title at Jamaica’s National Cycling Championships this weekend after all.

Despite suffering a dislocated elbow that has ruled her out of competition, Jamaica’s Olympic gymnast ToniAnn Williams has travelled to Peru with the Jamaican team that will be competing at the Pan Am Championships that begin on Tuesday.

Jamaican gymnast Reiss Beckford believes his experience at the Commonwealth Games will help him when he competes at the Pan American Championships that gets underway in Peru on September 10.

 

Head coach of Jamaica’s Reggae Girls, Hue Menzies, is tempering expectations for the national team who has been drawn alongside Canada, Costa Rica, and Cuba in Group B of the CONCACAF Women’s Championships set for the United States next month.

Trinidad and Tobago Dexter Simon said he is proud to be the highest-ranking Masters' athlete to qualify for the inaugural IFBB Bodybuilding Championships set for Rome, Italy on November 1 and 2.

Opener Devon Smith is axed but Sunil Ambris has been included in a Windies 15-man squad to tour India starting September 26.

Commonwealth Games champions Fedrick Dacres, Kyron McMaster, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Janieve Russell, and Levern Spencer are among more than 20 Caribbean athletes selected to represent the Americas in the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava September 8-9.

Concacaf Women’s Championship Qualifying resumes this Saturday, as nine teams from Central America and the Caribbean look to punch their ticket to the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. 

Jamaica U23 coach Donovan Duckie says the matches his players have in St. Vincent later this week will give him and his coaching staff an opportunity to look at some of the players in his 50-member squad as they continue to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers in 2019.

Darren Sammy of the St. Luca Stars has slammed fans for called team captain Keiron Pollard a sell-out but urged them to come back out tonight to support the team as they go for their first win against the Barbados Tridents at Gros Islet.

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