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Liverpool star ready to step in for Neymar at Copa America

Coutinho will come into the team for the suspended Neymar. Credit: PA

Philippe Coutinho is ready to step in for the suspended Neymar when Brazil continue their quest for a quarter-final spot at the Copa America in Sunday's game against Venezuela.

Barcelona forward Neymar was handed a four-match ban by the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) for his role in the post-game fracas which followed Wednesday's Group C defeat against Colombia.

Brazil coach Dunga has been training with Coutinho as Neymar's replacement, and the Liverpool man is confident the Selecao can advance without their star man.

"Like the rest of my team-mates in the national squad, I am ready to occupy Ney's place in the game against Venezuela," Coutinho said.

"Neymar is a terrific player, but I am prepared - we all are. We are going to overcome his absence to go on the next stage.

"Venezuela are tactically very good and they mark in a strong way. But, in Brazil, we all have the determination to play well and look for the triumph."

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