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Injured Robinho misses Ghana match

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Injured Robinho is banking on Brazil reaching the quarterfinals.

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BERGISCH GLADBACH, Germany -- Brazil forward Robinho will miss Tuesday's World Cup second round match against Ghana due to a thigh injury.

The 22-year-old, whose speed and trickery added a new dimension to the Brazilian attack in last week's 4-1 win over Japan, pulled up in training on Saturday.

He was seen clutching his right thigh during shooting practice.

"Robinho is ruled out and will continue his physiotherapy," said a team spokesman.

"We did an MRI scan today, there's no rupturing of the tendons, there is an edema but the outlook is very good," said team doctor Jose Luis Runco -- adding that this type of injury usually needed five days to heal.

"We've ruled out any possibility of Robinho being forced out of the tournament. This idea is to prepare him for Saturday if we get a good result against Ghana.

"I believe that on Wednesday, he can start working on the training field again."

Brazil face the Black Stars on Tuesday in Dortmund and, if they win that, will meet either France or Spain in Saturday's quarterfinal in Frankfurt.

Runco said that Robinho would not travel to Dortmund but would stay at the team hotel to continue physiotherapy.

"I'm a bit sad and a bit upset to get injured, but fortunately it was nothing worse," said Robinho, adding he had never suffered a muscular injury before. "Having to stay behind at the hotel was a bit different, I'm used to going out and training," he added.

Robinho had been on the bench for Brazil's first two games before coming on in the second half. He was given the start against Japan and brought new life to the attack.

Robinho's absence means Adriano will probably return to the side to partner Ronaldo in attack. However, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira could also move Ronaldinho up front and play Juninho Pernambucano in midfield.

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