Soccer-Hernanes to replace Paulinho in Brazil midfield (Reuters)

By Andrew Downie SALVADOR, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Brazil midfielder Paulinho will be replaced by Lazio’s Hernanes for Saturday’s Confederations Cup clash against Italy, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said on Friday. Scolari has yet to decide whether to play defenders Dani Alves and Thiago Silva, both of whom are one caution away from missing the next game. Brazil have already qualified for the semi-finals, as have their opponents. “We have chosen not to give Paulinho a game so he can recover fully,” Scolari said of the Corinthians midfielder, who has an ankle knock. …

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