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Pato in doubt for Copa America

May 23, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Alexandre Pato is in serious doubt for Brazil's Copa America campaign after picking up a shoulder injury whilst playing for his club side, AC Milan.

GettyImagesPato has recovered to take his place in the squad.

Pato dislocated his right shoulder during Sunday's final Serie A game of the season at Udinese. His 14 goals this season helped Milan to the Scudetto, and will undergo further tests on Monday, but the 21-year-old is expected to be out of action for at least four weeks, leaving him in a race against time for the Copa America which begins on July 1.

"Fortunately Pato has not suffered a fractured bone,'' said Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani. "Hence, he will not need to undergo surgery. However, he will need to wear a cast for three or four weeks. I am not a doctor but I think he will not be able to play at the Copa America.''

Brazil take on Holland and Romania in friendlies next month prior to the continental showpiece in Argentina.