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Alexandre Pato misses Brazil friendly with Scotland

International friendly: Brazil v Scotland
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London Date: Sunday 27 March Kick-off: 1400 BST
Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio Scotland 810MW



AC Milan's Alexandre Pato lies injured
Pato was injured during Saturday's defeat by Palermo

AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has withdrawn from the Brazil squad for Sunday's friendly against Scotland because of a sprained right ankle.

Villarreal striker Nilmar is doubtful because of a muscle injury but remains with the Brazilian party.

Internacional's Leandro Damiao had already been called into the squad as cover for his better-known countrymen.

And it was decided that Pato would not recover in time after reporting to the team doctor and being assessed.

The 21-year-old Leandro Damiao, who has scored 13 goals this year, has yet to earn a Brazil cap.

Brazil are preparing for the Copa America in July, but coach Mano Menezes said he is also using Sunday's friendly against Scotland at Emirates Stadium to look at his options for the 2012 London Olympics.

"I'm taking advantage of the circumstances to summon a player who has been playing well with Internacional and is young enough to play in the Olympics," Menezes said on the Brazilian football federation's website.

Pato, who picked up his injury in AC Milan's 1-0 defeat by Palermo on Saturday, joins club-mate Robinho in missing out against the Scots.

Former Manchester City striker Robinho was dropped from the squad after captaining the side to a disappointing 1-0 defeat by France in their last friendly.

Menezes has resisted the temptation of recalling the 27-year-old, or former Barcelona forward Ronaldinho, now playing for Flamengo and who was being tipped for a recall to the original squad.


Brazil squad

Goalkeepers: Victor (Gremio), Jefferson (Botafogo), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan)
Defenders: Lucio, Maicon (both Inter Milan), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Luisao (Benfica), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), Daniel Alves (Barcelona)
Midfielders: Lucas (Sao Paulo), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Elano (Santos), Elias (Atletico Madrid), Henrique (Cruzeiro), Jadson (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ramires (Chelsea), Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur), Renato Augusto (Bayer Leverkusen)
Forwards: Jonas (Valencia), Neymar (Santos), Nilmar (Villarreal), Leandro Damiao (Internacional)



see also
Scotland 0-2 Brazil
27 Mar 11 |  Scotland
Wylde out of Scotland U21 squad
23 Mar 11 |  Scotland
Bannan eager to tackle Brazilians
21 Mar 11 |  Scotland
Injury-hit Gordon gets Scots call
17 Mar 11 |  Scotland
No Robinho for Scotland friendly
03 Mar 11 |  Scotland
Scotland confirm Brazil friendly
15 Feb 11 |  Scotland


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