Fred relishing Copa America chance

Brazil coach Dunga has called up Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred to replace the injured Luiz Gustavo for the Copa America.

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred has been called up to Brazil's squad for the Copa America as a replacement for the injured Luiz Gustavo.

A knee problem sustained by Luiz Gustavo following the DFB-Pokal final - in which he scored during Wolfsburg's 3-1 win - has ended his hopes of playing in the tournament, with scans showing he will need surgery.

"Unfortunately it is because of the injury to a teammate, but for me the news is very good. I am very happy," Fred said.

Fred had been on the standby list and the 22-year-old hopes to maintain his impressive club form on the international stage.

"I have already worked extensively with [Brazil coach] Dunga. He helped me at Internacional, I helped him too," he said. "I had a good season in Ukraine.

"I changed some things playing in Europe, and changed for the better. Foreign football is different, it helped me evolve. I matured, grew and behaved better."

The midfielder is relishing the opportunity to put his talents on display in Chile this summer. 

"It's very good for a 22-year-old player to feature in a Copa America," he said. 

"At the moment I'm focused on the Copa America. It is important and if think of other things it will unravel."

Brazil faces Mexico and Honduras in friendlies prior to the Copa before tackling Peru on June 14 in its first group match.