Willian in line to replace Neymar for Brazil

Last updated 11:17 07/07/2014
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STAND IN: Chelsea midfielder Willian is likely to replace Brazil's injured playmaker Neymar.

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Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has hinted in training that midfielder Willian is his first option to replace Neymar in Brazil's World Cup semifinal against Germany.

Willian practiced in Neymar's position when Brazil's reserves played against a local under-20 squad at their training camp outside Rio de Janeiro today.

The regular starters stayed in the gym and didn't practice on the field, but all players touted as possible Neymar replacements trained normally. Willian was used in the middle, in front of Brazil's defensive midfielders, the same way Neymar played before being ruled out of the tournament because of a back injury.

The other options for Scolari include Ramires, Bernard and Hernanes. 

Defender Dante is the likely substitute for captain Thiago Silva, who is suspended.

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