The Brazilian national team scheduled to take part in the 2016 Copa America tournament has suffered yet another blow with the withdrawal of midfielder Luis Gustavo on Thursday 2 June, just two days before Brazil takes to the pitch for their first match.
The midfielder, who cited personal reasons as his excuse to be excluded becomes the sixth player to leave the team ahead of the tournament with Kaka, Rafinha, Ederson, Ricardo Oliveira and Douglas Costa’s withdrawal.
The Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) has already confirmed granting the midfielder time out to be with his family.
“Luiz Gustavo had already reported the existence of the problem to the technical committee in Brazil,” a CBF statement said.
“His presence among family members is required. The coaching staff and players are in solidarity with their teammate, all hoping the problem is solved as soon as possible.”
Brazil will open their campaign against Ecuador on Saturday.
The updated Brazil squad:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio)
Defenders: Dani Alves (Barcelona), Fabinho (Monaco), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro), Miranda (Inter Milan), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo)
Midfielders: Elias (Corinthians), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea), Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain), Walace (Gremio)
Forwards: Hulk (Zenit), Gabriel (Santos), Ganso (Sao Paulo)