Willian replaces Neymar in Brazil squad

Brazil have called up Chelsea forward Willian to replace Neymar, who has been ruled out of the 2019 Copa America after rupturing ankle ligaments.

Chelsea forward Willian replaces injured Neymar in Brazil's squad for 2019 Copa America
The 30-year-old, who has made 65 appearances for Brazil and scored eight goals, will join up with the squad on Saturday ahead of the friendly against Honduras in Porto Alegre.

Brazil are without PSG star forward Neymar, who ruptured his ankle ligaments playing in a friendly against Qatar on Wednesday.

 
The 27-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward suffered the injury in the 20th minute of the 2-0 friendly win in Brazil.

Neymar has sustained several injuries dating back to 2014, when he missed the World Cup semi-final against Germany with a back injury.

 
The former Barcelona forward also injured his metatarsal in the months leading up to the 2018 World Cup and missed the final months of the just concluded Ligue 1 season with a similar problem.

Hosts Brazil kick-off the Copa America tournament on June 14 against Bolivia.

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