welcomed late arrival Adriano to the squad on Monday, while
injury-forced changes to the defense and players suffering from fatigue
overshadowed the star striker's return from club duty.
Adriano scored two goals in Inter Milan's 2-0 win Sunday over AS Roma in
the first leg of the Italian Cup final. The strikes took Adriano's goal
tally for the season to 28.
With Real Madrid striker Ronaldo absent from the Confederations Cup,
Adriano is expected to play alongside emerging star Robinho in the
Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said that for Thursday's opening game
against Greece he will stick with the attacking formation he deployed in
recent World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Argentina - Ronaldinho
and Kaka as attacking midfielders behind the front pair.
Palmeiras striker Marcos, however, will get an opportunity during the
tournament, and midfielder Emerson will make way in at least one match
for Arsenal's Gilberto Silva.
Silva was in Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning side but has since failed
to clinch a regular place.
Parreira is using the eight-nation Confederations Cup to assess players
who haven't featured regularly. Brazil will use a different lineup in
each of its three group matches.
"We're not going to change our style of play. We just want to check out
some other players," Parreira said. "This is our last opportunity for
experiments before the (2006) World Cup finals."
Most changes are to come in defense.
Parreira needs to find replacements for Real Madrid's Roberto Carlos and
AC Milan's Cafu, who were left off the squad to rest.
Also, Argentina exposed flaws in Brazil's defense in its 3-1 World Cup
FC Barcelona's Belletti and Hertha Berlin's Gilberto were expected to
appear in the wing-back positions against Greece, but Parreira's plans
hit a snag Monday when Belletti sent home with an Achilles' tendon
Sao Paulo's Cicinho is to stand in for the FC Barcelona defender against
Greece on Thursday, and Maicon of French side Monaco was called from
vacation to fill the gap in the squad.
Parreira also has to be mindful of his players' stamina levels.
Ronaldinho and Emerson skipped Thursday's second training session.
Parreira said the decision was a precaution as the players received
treatment for tiredness.
Parreira said he had four or five players with muscle pains.
Team doctor Jose Luiz Runco said all the Brazilians who took part in
Europe's just-ended season - 19 of the 23-man squad - were getting
special attention, including intensive physiotherapy and extra rest.
"Having the Confederations Cup during the vacation period isn't ideal,"
Parreira said, referring to the players' need for recovery time. "There's
an excessive number of games these days, there's no doubt about that,
and players pay the price physically."