Brazil names World Cup qualifying team without banned Neymar
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil coach Dunga, who will have to do without suspended Barcelona star Neymar as South American World Cup qualifying opens next month, named a squad Thursday headed by Chelsea midfielder Oscar.
Oscar returns for matches next month against defending Copa America champion Chile and Venezuela after missing the Copa America three months ago with an injury.
Neymar is serving a four-match ban after being sent off in the Copa America. He will miss both matches as Brazil opens on Oct. 8 in Santiago, Chile, and then faces Venezuela on Oct. 13 in the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza.
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio), Alisson (Internacional).
Defenders: Fabinho (Monaco), Rafinha (Bayern Munich), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians).
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Elias (Corinthians), Renato Augusto (Corinthians), Lucas Lima (Santos), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).
Forwards: Firmino (Liverpool), Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Lucas (Paris Saint-Germain), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich).