June 1, 2018 / 3:34 PM / 5 months ago

Soccer: Brazilian pair ruled out of Sunday warmup vs Croatia

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Renato Augusto and Douglas Costa will miss Brazil’s World Cup warm-up friendly against Croatia in England this weekend due to injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Friday.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - England vs Brazil - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - November 14, 2017 Brazil’s Renato Augusto reacts REUTERS/Darren Staples

Costa will travel with the squad to Liverpool but will not play in Sunday’s match due to a thigh strain.

However, Renato Augusto, the Beijing Guoan midfielder who has been a regular starter under coach Tite, will stay in London to have physiotherapy on an injured left knee.

Brazil play Croatia at Anfield on Sunday in what will be their penultimate warm-up before heading to Russia.

The five-times World Cup winners also face Austria in Vienna on June 10.

Striker and talisman Neymar, who has not played since injuring his foot in a league match for Paris St Germain back in February, is expected to feature in both games, although reports said he will start on the bench against Croatia.

Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17 and also play Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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