DURBAN - Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo is
doubtful for their World Cup second round match on Monday after
twisting his ankle during the 0-0 draw with Portugal on Friday,
team doctor Jose Luis Runco said.
Felipe Melo was injured by a tackle by Portugal's Pepe as
the two players feuded for most of the first half, both
receiving yellow cards for tackles on each other, and was
substituted just before halftime.
"It's the left ankle, it's a worry because it was a bad
knock," Runco told reporters.
"At the moment, it's difficult for him to even walk. The
problem is the time for recovery, 48 hours is a very short
period to get over this. We'll have to wait and see what
Felipe Melo, who admitted recently that some of his tackles
are over the top, has been a key player for Brazil in the last
Forward Robinho, rested after he complained of muscular
pains, said he would be ready for Monday's game against the
second-placed team in Group H at Ellis Park.
"It's just a bit of discomfort, so it was fine for the boss
to leave me out as a precaution as we were already qualified,"
he told reporters.
"If it had been a decisive game, I would have been
available. For Monday, there's no problem, I'm ready to play.
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