RIO DE JANEIRO, March 16 (Reuters)
- Ronaldo, who has missed Real Madrid's last two games
through injury, has been included in Brazil's squad for
a World Cup qualifier in Paraguay this month.
Rivaldo, who last month quit Cruzeiro in solidarity
with sacked coach Vanderley Luxemburgo, was left out as
expected as coach Carlos Alberto Parreira named his
squad on Tuesday.
Ronaldo will also miss Real's King's Cup final
against Real Zaragoza on Wednesday but Brazil are
hopeful he will be ready to face Paraguay, who lead the
South American World Cup qualifying group, in Asuncion
on March 31.
World champions Brazil, who lost the corresponding
fixture 2-1 in the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup,
will need all the firepower they can muster against
notoriously difficult and determined opponents.
Paraguay have won their last three qualifiers while
Brazil were held to draws with Peru and Uruguay in their
last two competitive outings and played out a goalless
stalemate with Ireland in a friendly in February.
There were no major surprises as Parreira finally
lost patience with Rivaldo.
The 2002 World Cup winner had kept his place in the
team last year when he was shunted into the reserves at
AC Milan. But his decision to leave Cruzeiro after just
50 days and ten matches appeared to be the final straw.
Goalkeepers - Dida (AC Milan, Italy), Marcos (Palmeiras)
Defenders - Cafu (AC Milan, Italy), Belletti (Villarreal,
Spain), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Spain), Junior (Siena,
Italy), Lucio (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Roque Junior
(Siena, Italy), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany),
Edmilson (Olympique Lyon, France)
Midfielders - Gilberto Silva (Arsenal, England),
Kleberson (Manchester United, England), Ze Roberto (Bayern
Munich, Germany), Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyon,
France), Kaka (AC Milan, Italy), Renato (Santos), Julio
Baptista (Sevilla, Spain), Alex (Cruzeiro)
Forwards - Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Spain), Luis Fabiano
(Sao Paulo), Adriano (Inter Milan, Italy), Ronaldinho (Barcelona,