Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dropping like flies – Injury trouble for Brazil

Under two weeks ahead of the Copa América start, Brazil’s worries are not getting any smaller. After goalkeeper Diego Alves and defender Marcelo last week, now Luiz Gustavo who still scored in the German cup final last weekend, has to undergo knee surgery and will miss the tournament. The midfielder had no apparent problems beforehand, so it is to be expected that he got injured in said match.


Luiz Gustavo (left) and Marcelo (middle) will miss the Copa América.

All of a sudden, Brazil’s first eleven appears to be a lot weaker as both Gustavo and Marcelo would have played key parts. Even in goal, the situation did not get better with reserve keeper Alves out injured. Both options behind Jefferson have not played a single minute for their country yet.

A replacement for Gustavo is yet to be named, with Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Felipe Anderson (Lazio), Rafinha (Barcelona) and Kaká (Orlando City) being the options open to Dunga after they were named on Brazil's stand-by list.


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