Douglas Costa Pulls Out Of Brazil Olympic Team

Bayern Munich winger, Douglas Costa will not be representing Brazil in the Olympic Games football tournament in Rio de Janeiro due to a muscle issue.

He has been forced to pull out of the tournament by his German club after failing to recover from the ailment that also saw him miss out on the Copa America in the United States last month.

Costa was picked as one of the over-23 aged players permitted for the competition, and, his space will be filled in the squad by another player.

He has a thigh injury which has not yet healed and, Bayern Munich have made the decision that Costa cannot feature in the Olympics on home soil.

“I greatly regret this,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

“We all wanted Douglas to contest the Olympic Games in his home country, but the player’s health and fitness takes priority.”

Barcelona star Neymar and veteran Palmeiras goalkeeper Fernando Prass were the other two over-age players selected in the squad.

Brazil will begin their campaign against South Africa at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia on August 4 before facing Denmark and Iraq later in Group A.


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