Neymar made his return from three months out injured when he came on for Fernandinho at half-time in Brazil’s friendly against Croatia at Anfield on Sunday.
Speaking on Saturday, Brazil coach Tite had said the Paris Saint-Germain striker would make a second-half appearance.
Neymar has been sidelined since Feb. 25, when he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle in a Ligue 1 match against Marseille.
“He’s on the bench because he is still recovering,” Tite told reporters in Liverpool. “He will come on at half-time. Whom he replaces, I don’t know, but that is the idea.”
Tite said Neymar must be “a protagonist” for his country but added that the others players must also step up.
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