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With Neymar hurt, Brazil turn to new faces

IANS  |  Rio de Janeiro 

In the absence of injured star Neymar, Brazil's national team has announced a squad with some surprises, including forward Jose, for upcoming friendlies against and

He acknowledged that the 25-man list does not include several players who may be part of the final roster for in Russia, reports

This month's friendlies are to be the last tune-ups before the competition begins in June.

Jose, a starter with Spain's Real Sociedad, will be seeing his first action with the national team as a substitute for Neymar, who is recovering from a

Doctors have yet to set a firm date for Neymar's return.

Also making his debut for will be Anderson Talisca, who plays as a professional for

will be away to on March 23 and head to four days later for a match against the defending champions.

It will be the Brazilians' first meeting with since their 1-7 loss to the European side in the semifinals of in

"I want to give all the athletes opportunities right up until the end," told a press conference on Monday.

"The final roster for World Cup was not released yet because everybody is still being evaluated," he added.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Neto.

Defenders: Marcelo, Daniel Alves, Filipe Luis, Fagner, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Pedro Geromel,

Midfielders: Casemiro, Willian, Fernandinho, Fred, Anderson Talisca, Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho,

Forwards: Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Douglas Costa, Taison, Jose.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 13:46 IST
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