Brazil World Cup 2018 squad: Latest player news and injury information

Neymar's is Brazil's superstar - AP
Neymar's is Brazil's superstar - AP

A recovering Neymar has been selected in Brazil's 23-man World Cup squad but the injured Dani Alves has not made it - replaced by Danilo and Fagner in a list of few surprises.

The only shocks were among the likely reserves for the tournament in Russia, with the inclusion of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and winger Taison.

Neymar has been recovering from right foot surgery and coach Tite admitted Neymar was one of the top three players in the world, but insisted his team didn't depend on him alone.

"We will be much stronger with Neymar doing well, but for him to do well the rest of the team has to be well, too," he said.

All but one of Tite's starting line-up in their World Cup qualifiers have been confirmed in the squad: Alisson; Miranda, Marquinhos and Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Philippe Coutinho; Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.

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Defender Alves, a veteran of two World Cups, sprained his right ACL in the French Cup final and has been replaced in the squad by Manchester City's Danilo and Corinthians' Fagner. 

Tite also summoned goalkeepers Ederson (Manchester City) and Cassio (Corinthians); defenders Thiago Silva, (Paris Saint-Germain) Pedro Geromel (Gremio) and Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid); midfielders Fernandinho (Man City) and Willian (Chelsea); and strikers Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Douglas Costa (Juventus).

The coach claimed several positions in his starting line-up are up for grabs, including up front.

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"At first, Gabriel Jesus is our starter. But Roberto Firmino will fight for that position in top form," Tite said. "The challenge is open on the right back, but Danilo has some advantage now because he has performed well recently."

Tite also hinted he could swap out one of his central defenders for Thiago Silva, while the inclusion of Taison suggests Coutinho will take up a role in central midfield.

"Coutinho can play in the middle and in the flanks, he is versatile," Tite said. "Sometimes preparation gives you elements that you didn't have, and force you to change your mind."

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The coach's final list includes 15 of the 23 players he called for his very first game with Brazil - against Ecuador in September 2016.

There are only four survivors from the 7-1 hammering by Germany four years ago at their home World Cup: Marcelo, Fernandinho, Paulinho and Willian. Thiago Silva and Neymar did not play in that semi-final, one due to suspension and the other because of injury.

Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17, followed by Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

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