Willian replaces injured Neymar in Brazil's Copa America squad

Chelsea winger Willian has been called up for the Copa America by Brazil, replacing the injured Neymar in Tite's squad.

Published : Jun 07, 2019 23:38 IST

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 faces Honduras in its last pre-Copa America friendly on Sunday.

The tournament host then opens its campaign against Bolivia before taking on Venezuela and Peru in Group A.

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