Willian ready for Germany despite knock
Brazil midfielder Willian insisted on Sunday that he will be fit to play in the World Cup semi-final against Germany despite picking up a knock in training.
"I am feeling great. I was hurt on my left side in training yesterday (Saturday) and it bothers me a bit but it is nothing significant and it won't stop me training today," the 25-year-old Chelsea player said in a press conference at Brazil's base in Teresopolis.
Willian is a leading contender to replace the injured Neymar in the Brazil team for the game in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday but was forced to withdraw early from training on Saturday after appearing to hurt himself in a challenge with Hernanes.
As well as Neymar, who faces six weeks on the sidelines with a fractured vertebrae and has returned home to begin his recovery, captain Thiago Silva is set to miss the match at the Mineirao Stadium due to suspension.
However, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) have called on FIFA to rescind the yellow card he picked up in last Friday's 2-1 quarter-final win against Colombia on the grounds that it was "unjustly shown".
Influential midfielder Luiz Gustavo will return to the side after serving a one-match ban against Colombia.