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Brazil: Arthur relief as Tite says midfielder "fine" after knee blow

Brazil: Arthur relief as Tite says midfielder "fine" after knee blow

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Brazil boss Tite was handed a Copa América boost when Barcelona star Arthur's knee blow turned out just to be a minor knock

Brazil boss Tite is optimistic midfielder Arthur will be fit for the Copa América after an injury scare.

The Barcelona player was caught by a poor challenge from Honduras winger Romell Quioto, who was sent off, during Brazil's 7-0 friendly victory.

Brazil coach plays down Arthur injury fears

Although Arthur was treated before being substituted, concerns about the state of his affected knee were soon allayed by coach Tite.

He said to reporters: "Arthur is fine. I spoke to him. He told me it was just a knock. And I saw in his face that he is well.

"I don't want to second-guess the doctor, he'll confirm all this for you, but from his mood, I saw it was just a knock."

Brazil kick off Copa América bid on Friday

Hosts Brazil begin their Copa América campaign against Bolivia on Friday in Sao Paulo, with star man Neymar already ruled out of the tournament by injury.

They then face Venezuela and Peru as they seek a first continental triumph since 2007.