World Cup: Injured Neymar Included in Brazil’s 23-Man Squad

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Brazil have named injured Paris St-Germain forward Neymar in their 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

The PSG forward has been recovering from surgery after injuring his right foot against Marseille in March.

Manchester City quartet Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus are among the Premier League-based players named in the squad.

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Also in the squad includes Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Chelsea’s Willian.

The only surprises were among the likely reserves for the tournament in Russia, with the inclusion of Shaktar Donetsk’s Fred and Taisson.

Brazil are in Group E with Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland, and play their first match on Sunday, 17 June.

Brazil squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians).

Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (both PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Pedro Geromel (Gremio).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus).

Forward: Neymar (PSG), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

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