Palmeiras fans are buzzing with excitement as the team prepares to face Vasco in the eighth round of the Brazilian Championship at Allianz Parque on Thursday at 9:30 pm. The club has included the image of striker Dudu in the artwork posted on social media about the game, which has thrilled its supporters.

“I missed him so much! Today is the day to go for another three points as a family! Today we will reunite at home! Today, finally, it’s Palmeiras’ day,” the club posted, along with images of Dudu, Zé Rafael, and Estêvão. The last time the team played at Allianz was on May 30th, in a goalless draw against San Lorenzo in the Libertadores.

The inclusion of the team’s main idol in the artwork has stirred the fans. “When Dudu enters the field, the captain’s armband should go to him,” dreamed one Palmeiras fan. “Put Dudu to play tomorrow,” suggested another to coach Abel Ferreira.

Dudu has been sidelined since August last year due to a serious knee injury that required surgery. With his long recovery process now complete, the striker is expected to be included in the squad for the Vasco match.

It is likely that Abel Ferreira will field the following lineup: Weverton; Marcos Rocha, Murilo, Naves, and Piquerez; Aníbal Moreno, Zé Rafael, and Raphael Veiga; Lázaro, Estêvão, and Flaco López (Rony). With 11 points, Palmeiras currently sits in eighth place in the Brazilian Championship.

In addition to the team news, fans are eagerly anticipating Dudu’s return to the field and are hopeful that his presence will boost the team’s performance. The excitement among supporters is palpable, as they look forward to seeing their beloved player back in action after a long absence due to injury.

The inclusion of Dudu in the artwork for the game against Vasco serves as a symbol of hope and inspiration for both the team and its fans. As the anticipation builds for the match, all eyes will be on Dudu as he prepares to make his long-awaited return to the pitch.