Benfica’s Jonas overjoyed by late Brazil call-up

The 32-year-old was drafted into the squad for June's Copa America as a late replacement for veteran Santos striker Ricardo Oliveira, who was forced to withdraw though injury.

Jonas says he is delighted to be joining the Brazil squad for next month’s Copa America Centernatio in the U.S. after joining the squad as a late replacement for Ricardo Oliveira.

Santos's 36-year-old striker Oliveira was set to lead the line but has been forced to withdraw because of a knee injury.

Benfica forward Jonas was named in Dunga’s 40-man preliminary squad, from which any late changes to the final 23 must be selected.

"I am very happy to be called up, it arrives to complete what has been a wonderful season," Jonas told SporTV. "I always say that to be considered for the Selecao is an honor and a source of pride. I am at the disposal of Dunga for whatever he needs. Let's go in search of the title in the US. The only thing that is upsetting is Ricardo’s injury."

Jonas scored 32 goals in 33 league games this season to inspire his side to a third consecutive Portuguese title, and he also opened the scoring in Benfica’s 6-2 demolition of Maritimo to claim the Portuguese League Cup.

"It was an amazing season," he continued. "It has to be celebrated. We won two titles, we became three-time league champions, which has not happened for a long time, we got to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, and I managed to beat my total of goals for last season."

Jonas will now be hoping to lead the line when the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour resumes at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside of Denver for Brazil’s clash with Panama on May 29.