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Barry Bannan (2008-13)

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Brazil have called striker Leandro Damiao into their squad to face Scotland in a friendly at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday amid doubts regarding the fitness of Alexandre Pato and Nilmar.

AC Milan striker Pato has a sprained ankle, while Villarreal forward Nilmar has a muscle problem and both are being assessed by the team doctor.

The pair are still due to report with the squad on Thursday in London, but Internacional's Leandro Damiao, 21, has been drafted in as cover.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Barry Bannan admits he has not stopped dreaming about the prospect of facing Brazil since the moment Scotland's friendly was confirmed.

The glamorous fixture was rubber-stamped by the Scottish Football Association in February and it will be Scotland's first meeting with Brazil since the World Cup opener in 1998.

Little niggle

Aston Villa midfielder Bannan, who is currently on loan at Leeds, said: "I had an injury on Friday, a little niggle, and my dad didn't know whether he wanted me to play on Saturday and save myself for the game against Brazil.

"As soon as the Brazil game was announced I was hoping I'd be in the squad and hopefully on the pitch and even start.

"I've been thinking about it since it was announced so I'm looking forward to it. Everyone is going to be up for the game.

"As soon as the fixture was announced I think everyone just couldn't wait for it to come around. Now that it's come around everyone is looking forward to it."

Source:Sky Sports

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Named in the starting line up for Scotland tonight.

Playing on the left in a midfield four.

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Just flicked over to the Scotland game as it's half time for England.

Just catching the last 10 of their first half and Bannan has been brilliant. Great touch and delivery pin point. Seen him set up about 4 shooting opportunities already.

Only Lithuania but he's looking a real talent.

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Man of the match for Young Bannan!! he has almost banished my fears about his size and strength!! He could become the next big thing for us!! lets sign him to a 10 yr contract now!

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maybe will put in a wee cheeky bid he's a good tim so hel come in a heartbeat lol i never seen the scotland game but guys at my work were saying he had a good game aswell

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Just been on the twitter and a couple of fans are having a write old moan about Barry trying killer balls but this is the way he plays Barry i think Barry is to good for us he would slot perfectley into arsenal.

If bannan didint play that terrific ball into gabby which safely went out for a throw who else in villa gona play that ball everyone moans about him not playing simple but bannan is one of the players who want to send villa forward and he's onley young.

I guess I'm trying to say get off his back and get behind him becaus we need to

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