Brazil coach Tite omits Renan Lodi for not being fully vaccinated against Covid-19
Renan Lodi is not in the Brazil squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay because he is not fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Brazil coach Tite has left Renan Lodi out of his squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay because the Atlético Madrid full-back has not had a full course of Covid-19 vaccines.
“Renan Lodi was 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 chance to compete (for a place)."
Lodi unable to travel to Ecuador
National teams coordinator Juninho Paulista said the defender got his first vaccine on 10 January and so would not be allowed into Ecuador, who Brazil play on 27 January before facing Paraguay at home five days later. Ecuador requires those entering the country to be fully vaccinated, he said.
Tite said he did not agree with those who are reluctant to take the vaccine in the midst of the pandemic. “I personally believe that vaccination is a social responsibility, it’s both mine and the person’s alongside me,” he said at the squad announcement in Rio.
Renan Lodi is currently in Saudi Arabia where Atlético Madrid are due to play Athletic Club later on Thursday in the second semi-final of the revamped Spanish Super Cup. Brazil have already qualified for the 2022 Qatar World Cup and sit top of the 10-team South American group with five matches remaining. Neymar was also left out due to an ankle injury but Alves, who returned to competitive football with Barcelona last week, returns for the first time since leaving São Paulo in September last year.
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