Brazil have confirmed star striker Neymar has left their camp to continue nursing a niggling injury.
The PSG forward was called up to the team preparing for World Cup qualifiers, but will now play no part in matches against Venezuela and Uruguay.
Brazil’s national team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, told reporters on Friday that Neymar has not fully recovered, and will not be risked.
“We were hopeful that he could play, that's why we brought him to Brazil.
“He improved but not enough so that he'll be ready for the game on Tuesday against Uruguay. The backroom staff decided to release Neymar.”
The decision to call up Neymar was questioned by PSG coach Thomas Tuchel since the forward had not fully recovered.
“It's the right of the national team to call up players. We cannot do anything.
“If the boys are injured and can't play, I always prefer that they don't play.
“It's a super important phase, a good time to recover for players, but we have confidence that they will be treated well, that they have good care and good preparation. It's the truth. We have confidence in these people who are responsible for the national teams. If the players are called up, there's nothing we can do.”
Brazil will be without Philippe Coutinho, Fabinho, and Rodrigo Caio, who have all been ruled out through injury, while Eder Militao and Gabriel Menino are unavailable after contracting Covid-19.