Brazil will be without Willian for the Copa America final against Peru with the Chelsea winger succumbing to a minor hamstring injury.
Willian was introduced in the second-half of Brazil’s 2-0 win over Argentina on Tuesday with the Brazil football federation (CBF) confirming on Wednesday he pulled his hamstring during the match.
While not a serious injury, Willian’s recovery time means he has been ruled out of the final as the hosts look to claim the Copa America for the first time since 2007.
The 30-year-old had been used solely as a substitute at the tournament to date but did score during his side’s 5-0 win over Peru in the group stages and converted a penalty in the quarter-finals against Paraguay.
A Brazil football federation spokesman told the AFP that Willian felt “pain in his hamstring” and was sent for tests on Wednesday, where it was confirmed he had pulled a muscle.