Brazil’s starting goalie, oldest player in Rio, will now miss Olympics

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s hopes of winning its first Olympic gold medal in soccer took a hit Sunday when starting goalkeeper Fernando Prass was removed from the squad because of a right elbow injury.

The Brazilian soccer confederation says Prass will not play in the Olympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro after tests showed a fracture in the goalkeeper’s elbow.

His replacement was yet to be announced by coach Rogerio Micale.

Prass had missed a couple of practice sessions last week after hurting his elbow on Monday. He was expected to play in the team’s friendly match against Japan on Saturday but was ruled out after the pre-game warmup.

The 38-year-old Palmeiras goalkeeper was one of the players older than 23 selected for Brazil’s squad, along with Neymar and Renato Augusto.

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