Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
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Neymar could return for Brazil next month

Neymar could return for Brazil next month

With exactly a month to go for the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, five-time champions Brazil have finalized their squad for the tournament. He has been out since requiring surgery for a broken bone in his foot while playing for Paris Saint-Germain, and is only now easing back into training.

Manchester City's Danilo, who didn't play a single minute in Brazil's 18-match World Cup qualifying campaign, and Fagner, who is recovering from a thigh injury, were chosen ahead of Bayern Munich's Rafinha for the right-back role.

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"The challenge is open on the right-back, but Danilo has some advantage now because he has performed well recently", Tite said at his hour-long news conference.

Alisson will continue to be Brazil's first choice keeper backed by Manchester City sweeper Ederson.

Others on the outside looking in were Monaco midfielder Fabinho, Gremio duo Arthur and Luan, Fenerbahce playmaker Giuliano, Monaco defender Jemerson and Shandong Luneng defender Gil.

PSG were next, with Neymar and defenders Marquinhos and Thiago Silva all likely to play key roles in Russian Federation.

Barcelona's former Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho and Paris St Germain's Neymar are also in the squad.

"Dani is a great player and leader and we are going to miss him, but we have other options", Tite said.

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

They are in a group with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

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