Manchester United's Rafael replaces Dani Alves in Brazil squad for upcoming friendlies

The Selecao coach was forced to make a change to his squad after the Barcelona full-back had picked up an injury which will see him miss up to eight weeks of action
Brazil coach Mano Menezes has announced that Manchester United right-back Rafael will replace Dani Alves in the squad for the team's upcoming friendlies.

The Barcelona defender will spend up to eight weeks on the sidelines after fracturing his right clavicle in a training session earlier this week, which opened a spot in the squad for the Selecao's next four games.

Rafael, who broke into United's first team in 2008, made 18 competitive appearances for the Red Devils this term.

The 21-year-old will have the chance to debut for Brazil's senior team after previously featuring for the Under-17 side.

The five-time World Cup champions will take on Denmark on May 26 before meeting the United States (May 30), Mexico (June 3) and Argentina (June 9) as they prepare for the Olympic Games in London. will be running a dedicated LIVE! on Saturday from 11.00-00.00BST to keep you up to date with all the latest about the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea, while also offering you the chance to ask our European football editors any questions you have about the game via International's Twitter account, or our Facebook page.