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Copa America

Neymar injury opens the door for Vinicius call-up

The Paris Saint-Germain striker was ruled out of the Copa America after sustaining ankle ligament damage during the friendly game against Qatar.

Neymar injury opens the door for Vinicius call-up

It was confirmed by the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) medical team that an ankle injury sustained by Neymar Jr. during the friendly against Qatar in Brasilia will rule the striker out of the forthcoming Copa America which kicks-off on June 14.

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Neymar, who recovered from a knee injury leading into the international friendly, was substituted in the 21st minute and needed to be supported in making his way back to the dressing room.

However, tests revealed Neymar would not recover in time for the major South American tournament, which Brazil will host.

Tite to decide

Brazilan head coach Tite must now decide on which player should be called-up to replace the PSG forward with the likes of Douglas Costa, Lucas Moura and Willian currently being eclipsed by Vinicius as favourite to stake a place in the Brazil squad.

The 18-year-old has been one of the better players for Real Madrid this season, in what was a totally disappointing campaign for the Bernabeu side. Vinicius has pulled on the famous white shirt 31 times this season bagging three goals and providing 12 assists for the LaLiga side.


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