Thursday 21 November, 2019

Willian replaces injured Neymar in Brazil's Copa America squad

Brazil and Chelsea winger Willian.

Brazil and Chelsea winger Willian.

Neymar's replacement in the Brazil squad for the Copa America is Willian, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has confirmed.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who is facing a rape allegation, was ruled out of the tournament after injuring his right ankle in a friendly against Qatar.

There has been speculation Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior could be called up, but head coach Tite has instead opted for Willian.

The Chelsea winger, who helped his side claim the Europa League title, has won 65 caps for Brazil and scored eight goals for his country.

Brazil face Honduras in their last pre-Copa America friendly on Sunday.

The tournament hosts then open their campaign against Bolivia before taking on Venezuela and Peru in Group A.

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