World champions Brazil have opted not to risk
injured World Player of the Year Ronaldinho in Wednesday's friendly against
The Barcelona playmaker suffered a recurrence of a strain in his left ankle
during Barca's league defeat of Real Zaragoza on Saturday.
The Brazilian Football Confederation announced on Monday that they had given
permission for the player to remain in Barcelona to receive treatment.
Club medical staff said they had recommended rest and physiotherapy for
Ronaldinho who sustained the original injury during Barcelona's 2-1 victory over
Chelsea in the Champions League last week.
Should Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira opt for a less attacking line up
then left-sided midfielder Ze Roberto could start ahead of striker Robinho, who
has returned to form with Real Madrid after a quiet few months.
Parreira said this week that Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni will play
following injuries to AC Milan's Dida and Inter Milan's Julio Cesar.
Rogerio Ceni, who has won 15 caps, gets the nod over PSV Eindhoven's Gomes who
is being groomed for the 2010 World Cup.
Parreira said Rogerio Ceni would not be called upon to take free-kicks despite
an impressive goal-scoring record for Sao Paulo.
"This is something we could look at in the future, but we are very well served
in the free-kick department with Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos and Juninho
Pernambucano," he told reporters.
Russia, led by caretaker coach Alexander Borodyuk, are in a re-building process
after failing to qualify for the World Cup.
The Russians are still looking for a head coach to replace Yuri Syomin who quit
last November after they finished third in their qualifying group behind
Portugal and Slovakia and missed the playoffs.
Borodyuk is likely to field an experimental side, spearheaded in the attack by
the Zenit St Petersburg duo, Andrei Arshavin, Alexander Kerzhakov.
Russia: Igor Akinfeyev; Vasily Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich, Alexei Berezutsky,
Alexander Anyukov; Alexei Smertin, Yevgeny Aldonin, Yuri Zhirkov or Diniyar
Bilyaletdinov, Dmitry Loskov; Andrei Arshavin, Alexander Kerzhakov
Brazil: Rogerio Ceni, Roberto Carlos, Cicinho, Lucio, Luisao, Juninho
Pernambucano, Emerson, Kaka, Robinho, Adriano, Ronaldo.