Allan to start for Brazil against Paraguay

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Casemiro is suspended after picking up a second yellow card in the group stage during his side's 5-0 thrashing of Peru on Sunday (AEST).

Fernandinho was another option for Tite, but the Manchester City midfielder is still battling a knee injury and the coach said Allan would start in Porto Alegre on Thursday.

"Fernandinho is out of the game. Allan will play," Tite said.

"If we win, if we qualify, maybe he [Fernandinho] will be ready for the next game. Fernandinho would play in his normal and natural condition. He wasn't in his condition."

5 stunners from the Copa America group stage

Paraguay is unbeaten in its past four games against Brazil at the Copa America, with the two most recent meetings seeing them advance via penalties in quarter-finals.

Tite warned his team, which collected seven points from three games in Group A, it would need to stay focused.

"Mental characteristics have to be strong because they are decisive games," he said.

"Very high concentration level, prepare for different situations."