Brazil midfielder Juninho Pernambucano has
been ruled out of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Colombia with
an ankle injury.
The Olympique Lyon player appeared to twist his right ankle during
Saturday's 5-2 win away to Venezuela in Maracaibo.
"It's a very big disappointment," he told reporters on Monday.
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira called up Elano of Santos after
suffering a fourth midfield casualty for the game.
The world champions are already without Edmilson, who is out of action
for six months after undergoing knee surgery, and Gilberto Silva, who
has a back injury.
Meanwhile, Kaka is suspended after picking up a second yellow card
Parreira has yet to confirm who will replace the AC Milan playmaker.
An estimated crowd of 10,000 watched the world champions train at the
Rei Pele stadium on Monday. The Alagoas state government, which owns the
stadium, did not charge for entry but asked fans to donate one can of
Brazil lead the 10-nation South American World Cup qualifying group with
19 points from nine games. Colombia are eighth win nine points.