Neymar injury forces Brazil to turn to new faces for friendlies against Russia and Germany

Rio: Brazilian coach Tite on Monday made the best of injured star Neymar's forced absence by bringing new names into the national squad for friendlies against Russia and Germany.

Brazil's striker Neymar to miss friendlies against Russia and Germany. AFP

Brazil's striker Neymar to miss friendlies against Russia and Germany. AFP

Those games on 23 and 27 March will be Brazil's last warm-ups before heading to their base in Sochi, southern Russia, for the World Cup starting 14 June.

The talent-packed side's preparations have been sidetracked by the foot injury Neymar suffered playing for Paris Saint-Germain in February. Tite delayed his squad announcement by 10 days so that he could assess the situation.

Now with Neymar out, recovering from surgery for as long as three months, Tite has decided on a list of 25 rather than the usual 23 players.

Willian Jose, a 26-year-old striker, was rewarded for his good season at Spanish side Real Sociedad with his first call up to the national side.

Talisca, who is shining at Turkey's Besiktas, is recalled, following two friendlies in 2014.

The most notable absence on the team sheet is Juventus' left back Alex Sandro, with Tite preferring Filipe Luis of Atletico Madrid.

The Russia game will take place in Moscow before Brazil fly to Berlin to face Germany. The World Cup campaign will kick off on 17 June against Switzerland in Rostov.

Brazil squad:

Alisson (Roma), Neto (Valencia), Ederson (Man City) (Goalkeepers); Daniel Alves (Paris Saint-Germain), Fagner (Corinthians) Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Geromel (Gremio), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo) (Defenders); Casemiro (Real Madrid) Fernandinho (Manchester City), Fred (Shakhtar Donestk), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Willian (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Talisca (Besiktas) (Midfielders); Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Willian Jose (Real Sociedad), Taison (Shakhtar Donestk) (Forwards).

Published Date: Mar 13, 2018 14:41 PM | Updated Date: Mar 13, 2018 14:47 PM

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