JOHANNESBURG - Brazil's injury worries
mounted on Tuesday when midfielder Elano left a training session
early just three days before their quarter-final with
Brazil are already without midfielder Ramires, who is
suspended after two yellow cards, for the match in Port
Elizabeth while two more midfielders, Felipe Melo and Julio
Baptista, are also doubtful through injury.
Elano, who scored in their first two games, was one of 10
players who took part in physical activities on a golf course on
the outskirts of Johannesburg the day after the 3-0 win over
Chile in the second round.
He left the practice about halfway through the hour-long
training session and talked to team doctor Jose Luiz Runco.
Elano, who was expected to return against Chile on Monday,
injured his ankle in the 3-1 win over Ivory Coast on June 20.
Felipe Melo suffered a twisted ankle in Friday's 0-0 draw
with Portugal and Julio Baptista hurt his knee in the same game.
Ramires replaced Felipe Melo against Chile while Dani Alves
has taken the place of Elano.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) was not
immediately available to comment on the fitness of the three
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