While Robinho returned to Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad for the first time in two years, and the former Chelsea boss called up Blues midfielder Willian, 21-year-old Lucas was left to watch the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Honduras from afar.
United fans will know the Brazilian winger as the man they appeared close to signing last year, only to see him ultimately move from Sao Paulo to Paris Saint-Germain for a reported €45million.
But his move to the French capital did not go exactly to plan, as up until yesterday he had started only four of PSG’s 11 Ligue 1 games this season.
Speaking to Reuters after his Brazil snub, Lucas said, “It is true I am not a regular starter but at PSG there is a lot of turnover.
“When I step onto the pitch I feel good, and I don’t think that this situation will prevent me from playing in the World Cup.”
Yesterday he took another step in proving to both Scolari and his club manager Laurent Blanc that he deserves to play in both the yellow and the blue by scoring the opening goal in a 4-0 victory over Lorient.
Scoring after just three minutes, Lucas’s goal paved the way for further strikes from Jeremy Menez and a brace from Edinson Cavani, keeping the champions at the top of the table.
He may have a long way to go to play his way into two managers’ long-term plans, but he will hope he has started as he means to go on.
image: © Doha Stadium Plus