Brazil make "hopeful" verdict on Fabinho's Champions League final chances

Brazil are waiting on tests carried out on a muscle injury picked up by Fabinho and have said they are "hopeful" he will be fit for Liverpool for the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old was replaced with what appeared to be a hamstring injury in the Reds' 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League on Tuesday.

The issue did not stop Brazil naming him in their squad for games against South Korea on June 2, Japan on June 6 and Argentina on June 11.

The midfielder is unlikely to be risked in the FA Cup final on Saturday against Chelsea at Wembley as Jurgen Klopp's men continue their quest for an unprecedented quadruple.

The former Monaco man is also certain to miss Liverpool's remaining Premier League fixtures against Southampton (May 17) and Wolves (May 22).

Fabinho was on Wednesday expected to undergo tests to determine the full extent of the injury but Selecao fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian moved to allay any doubts about a long-term problem.

He revealed Brazil expect Fabinho to recover in time for Liverpool's Paris showdown against Carlo Ancelotti's La Liga title winners on May 28.

"Fabinho felt a muscle and we're in touch with Liverpool," he told reporters at a press conference.

"He'll go through some exams today but we're hopeful he'll be ready (for the) Champions League final."

Captain Jordan Henderson, who replaced Fabinho on 30 minutes at Villa Park, is likely to continue in the midfield anchor role in the Brazilian's absence.

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