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Published: 14:54 | 10/6/19

Tite confident over Arthur fitness


Brazil boss Tite is confident of having midfielder Arthur available for the start of the Copa America.

The Barcelona player sustained a knee injury when he was caught by Honduras winger Romell Quioto during Brazil's 7-0 friendly victory, but Tite believes the minor knock will not prevent him from featuring against Bolivia in the opening game on Friday.

"Arthur is fine. I spoke to him. He told me it was just a knock. And I saw in his face that he is well," Tite said.

"I don't want to second-guess the doctor, he'll confirm all this for you, but from his mood, I saw it was just a knock."

Brazil will be without Neymar for the tournament after he was ruled out through injury but Thiago Silva has backed Coutinho to prove himself in his absence.

"Coutinho had a difficult season in Barcelona. It was demanding and they booed him many times, but here in the team he is our reference, especially when we don't have Neymar," Silva said.

"Coutinho calls for the game. In the two friendlies we played he was the best player on the pitch, not only because of passes and goals, but also with his defence. He is finding his happiness again.

"I'm very happy and not at all comfortable talking about this player because we are very close.

"We need him, especially now with the absence of Neymar."

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