Brazil suffer Pato blow
Alexandre Pato is set to miss the Copa America after dislocating his shoulder whilst in action for AC Milan.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 23/05/11 10:43am
Alexandre Pato is set to miss the Copa America after dislocating his shoulder during AC Milan's final match of the Serie A season.
Pato had to be stretchered off in the 72nd minute of the goalless draw against Udinese on Sunday after falling awkwardly.
He was taken to hospital and scans showed no evidence of fractures, meaning he will not have to undergo surgery.
However, Pato will be required to wear a support brace for around four weeks before beginning rehabilitation.
The 21-year-old will therefore not be able to link up with Brazil for the Copa America, which will be held in Argentina later in the summer.
The tournament does not kick off until 1st July but Milan's medical team have declared that he will not take any part.