The Inter man failed to turn up for international duty after missing his plane, giving Alves the chance to redeem himself for a poor Copa America in the friendly against GermanyBrazil coach Mano Menezes is set to make two changes as the South Americans prepare to take on Germany on Wednesday evening, with a return for Dani Alves and the possible exclusion of Santos youngster Ganso forecast for the friendly clash.
Globoesporte report that the coach opted to play Barcelona's right-back in Tuesday's training session due to the no-show of Maicon, who is likely to pay for his absence by missing out on a starting place. The Inter player missed a flight in Belo Horizonte and is yet to turn up to meet his international team-mates in Germany.
The only other switch would see Corinthians midfielder Ralf partner Ramires in the middle of the park. The 27-year-old is the favourite to make his international debut in place of Lucas Leiva, who is suspended.
Ganso meanwhile is likely to keep his place, but after a poor Copa America he will need to give a big performance to convince Menezes that he is ready for international football. The 21-year-old started a tactical exercise in the first team, but was replaced midway by Fernandinho. The Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker could make an appearance in the second-half of the friendly if Ganso fails to impress.
The Selecao will meet the European nation in Stuttgart in their first match since the Copa America, where they slumped to a disappointing penalty-shootout defeat at the hands of Paraguay.
Probable Brazil XI (4-2-3-1)
Julio Cesar; Dani Alves, Lucio, Thiago Silva, Andre Santos; Ramires, Ralf; Robinho, Ganso, Neymar; Pato.