Sun, 10 Dec 2023

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior has been recalled to Brazil's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Uruguay.

The 23-year-old has not played since suffering a hamstring tear in Real Madrid's 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on August 25.

But he has returned to full training and was named in the Spanish club's match day squad for Sunday's La Liga derby against Atletico Madrid.

Brazil will play Venezuela in Cuiaba on October 12 and Uruguay in Montevideo five days later.

The five-time world champions began their qualifying campaign for the 2026 World Cup with a 5-1 home win over Bolivia and a 1-0 away victory over Peru earlier this month.

Brazil squad:

Goalkeepers: Ederson (Manchester City), Alisson (Liverpool), Lucas Perri (Botafogo).

Defenders: Danilo (Juventus), Renan Lodi (Marseille), Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Nino (Fluminense), Vanderson (Monaco), Caio Henrique (Monaco).

Midfielders: Andre (Fluminense), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Casemiro (Manchester United), Joelinton (Newcastle), Raphael Veiga (Palmeiras), Gerson (Flamengo).

Forwards: Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Matheus Cunha (Wolverhampton), Neymar (Al-Hilal), Richarlison (Tottenham), Raphinha (Barcelona),

Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid).

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