Rafael to miss Olympics
CARDIFF, Wales - The Associated Press
Olympic favorite Brazil suffers a setback after Rafael is ruled out of the Games. AP photoThe Brazilian football federation says starting goalkeeper Rafael has been dropped from the men’s Olympic squad after injuring his right elbow in practice.
Brazilian doctors said exams showed the injury will keep Rafael sidelined for up to three weeks. Brazil will make its Olympic debut against Egypt tomororow at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The 22-year-old Santos goalkeeper got injured on July 23 after colliding with a practice dummy being used to simulate game situation inside the area.Rafael’s replacement was yet to be announced by coach Mano Menezes.
Neto, a 20-year-old Fiorentina goalkeeper, will be Brazil’s starter during the Olympic tournament, a competition Brazil has never won.