Soccer-Brazil add three players to Copa America squad, injured Ederson replaced

soccer-brazil add three players to copa america squad, injured ederson replaced

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Brazil coach Dorival Junior - Press Conference - CBF Headquarters, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - May 10, 2024 Brazil coach Dorival Junior during the press conference REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/File Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil have called up three more players for the Copa America after South American governing body CONMEBOL allowed teams to expand their squads to 26 from 23 and they have also replaced injured goalkeeper Ederson.

Juventus defender Bremer, Atalanta midfielder Ederson and Porto forward Pepe have been added to the squad, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement on Sunday.

Coach Dorival Junior, who took over Brazil in January after a run of poor results in the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup under Fernando Diniz, has brought in Sao Paulo's Rafael for Manchester City's Ederson.

Ederson suffered a small fracture of his eye socket when he collided with Tottenham Hotspur's Argentina defender Cristian Romero during City's 2-0 away win last week.

Brazil's original 23-man squad was unveiled earlier this month, including 17-year-old prodigy Endrick but without stalwarts such as defensive midfielder Casemiro and forwards Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus.

"All players, regardless of when they were called up, arrive on equal terms to compete and fight for a place in the starting team," Junior said in a video released by CBF.

Nine-times champions Brazil kick off their Copa America campaign against Costa Rica on June 24 followed by Paraguay four days' later and Colombia on July 2. The quadrennial tournament will be held in the United States from June 20-July 14.

Brazil will play friendlies against Mexico on June 8 and the U.S. on June 12 as part of their preparations.

(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; writing by Gabriel Araujo; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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