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Willian ruled out of Brazil’s Copa America final

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Willian will miss Brazil’s Copa America final against Peru on Sunday due to a muscle injury.

After initially overlooking him, Brazil manager Tite called up Willian at the last minute to replace the injured Neymar in his 23-man squad.

Unsurprisingly, though, the Chelsea winger’s time on the pitch has been limited to late cameos. However, Tite did give him some more minutes by introducing him in the 46th-minute for Everton in Tuesday’s 2-0 semi-final win over Argentina.

Despite playing the entire second-half, Willian sustained a muscle injury as Brazil booked their spot in the final at Belo Horizonte.

Now, ESPN reports that Willian will remain at Brazil’s training base after medical tests on Wednesday revealed the extent of his injury. Although he will likely be the only absentee as the Selecao chase a ninth Copa America title.

Brazil had to make do without Richarlison, Filipe Luis and Fernandinho for their memorable victory against Argentina. But Tite was confident over the trio’s availability ahead of Sunday’s final.

“Filipe Luis is already recovering from the injury, but as for the physical aspect, he could not withstand the 90 minutes, even more with a possibility of extra time,” said Tite on Wednesday.

“And on the other hand, Alex Sandro has come in very well. Fernandinho is in a process of evolution, maybe if I needed him during the game, he would come in. Even with some restriction.

“And Richarlison, I do not know, but he’s had a good recovery time for mumps. I believe the time has passed.”

Brazil will meet Peru in the final at the Maracana on Sunday. Despite their opponents knocking out reigning champions Chile 3-0, the hosts will be feeling bullish over their chances after thrashing them 5-0 in the group stages.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL – JUNE 27: Alisson Becker of Brazil celebrates with teammate Gabriel Jesus winning in the penalty shootout after the Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Brazil and Paraguay at Arena do Gremio on June 27, 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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