Why isn’t Neymar playing for Brazil in the 2024 Copa America?

Neymar has not been included in Brazil's 2024 Copa America squad due to injury.

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Teenage attacker Endrick was selected for Brazil’s team for the Copa América on Friday, but Neymar was left out.

It was anticipated that Neymar, who is rehabilitating from an ACL tear would not be allowed to compete in the competition held in the United States in June and July.

In March, Brazil played two matches since Dorival Junior took over as coach: a 2-2 tie at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium against Spain and a 1-0 victory over England at Wembley Stadium.

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The 17-year-old Endrick, who will soon join Real Madrid, scored goals for his country in both games.

Both midfielder Casemiro and striker Richarlison, who started for Brazil in the previous World Cup in Qatar, were left off the roster.

Prior to the competition, Brazil will play one more friendly against the United States. They will compete in Group D of the Copa America against Paraguay, Colombia, and Costa Rica.

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Brazil’s 2024 Copa America Squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City) Bento (Athletico Paranaense)

Defenders: Danilo (Juventus), Yan Couto (Girona), Guilheme Arana (Atletico Mineiro), Wendell (Porto), Beraldo (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Eder Militão (Real Madrid), Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal)

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Midfielders: Andreas Pereira (Fulham), Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa), João Gomes (Wolverhampton), Lucas Paquetá (West Ham)

Forwards: Endrick (Palmeiras), Evanilson (Porto), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Raphinha (Barcelona), Savinho (Girona), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid)

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