Jesus, Fabinho and Ederson set for Brazil starts

The Premier League trio appeared in the first-team during Tuesday’s training session in London and are primed to face Saudi Arabia on Friday

Gabriel Jesus is set to celebrate his return to the Brazil squad by going straight into the starting line-up against Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The Manchester City striker led the line for the Selecao at this year’s World Cup, but failed to find the net in Russia and was left out of the squad completely last month as coach Tite observed alternatives.

On Tuesday, Jesus was included in the first-team during training at Tottenham Hostpur’s Lodge training complex in Enfield, London, where Brazil are basing themselves until Wednesday’s flight to the Middle East.

However, Tite may yet be set to field what he considers his strongest team for the second match of this week’s international calendar, when Brazil will face Argentina.

Everton’s Richarlison and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino shone in Jesus’ absence against USA and El Salvador during September’s Brasil Global Tour in USA and both will be hoping for a start against the Selecao’s old rivals in Jeddah.

Bordeaux defender Pablo was also included in the first XI on Tuesday as Tite ran through a number of exercises working on team shape and rapid counter-attacks.

The 27-year-old former Corinthians stopper slotted in alongside Marquinhos and is now set for an instant debut on what is his first ever senior international call-up.

There was also a change in midfield where the returning Renato Augusto – who pulled out of last month’s squad for personal reasons – will be restored to the starting line-up alongside Manchester United’s Fred.

Liverpool’s Fabinho will retain his place at right-back over Manchester City’s Danilo and Alex Sandro will beat out competition from Filipe Luis.

Danilo’s club colleague Ederson appeared in goal and is primed for what will be only his second international appearance, despite being called up for 22 internationals.

Wednesday morning will see the Selecao return to the training field for their final session in London before departing for Saudi Arabia later that afternoon.

Brazil meet Saudi Arabia at King Saud University in Riyadh on October 12 before meeting Argentina at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on October 16.1

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