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Injury means Brazil won’t have Douglas Costa for Olympics

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Brazil’s Douglas Costa (7) tries to dribble the ball between United States’ Alejandro Bedoya, left, and Ventura Alvarado during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


Bayern Munich brings us the disappointing news that star midfielder Douglas Costa has pulled out of the Olympics.

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The 25-year-old attack-minded Costa was one of three overage players on the roster for the Games in Rio, but a thigh injury has cost him the chance to represent the home nation.


“I greatly regret this,” commented FC Bayern München AG chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “We all wanted Douglas to contest the Olympic Games in his home country, but the player’s health and fitness takes priority.”

I don’t want Orlando fans to hate me, but could Kaka take his place as an overage player (He’s just returning to fitness for the Lions)? Hulk? Alex Teixeira?

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