midfielder Kaka will be missing through suspension as the world
champions attempt to chalk up another win in the World Cup qualifiers
against struggling Colombia on Wednesday.
Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has still not decided who will replace the
AC Milan player, who scored twice in Saturday's 5-2 win in Venezuela but
also picked up a second yellow card.
Fenerbahce midfielder Alex appears to be the favourite after playing for
the first team in Monday's training session, with Parreira keeping the
same attacking formation of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.
That would mean that Adriano, who was top scorer in the Copa America in
July with seven goals after replacing the rested Ronaldo, would again
start on the bench.
Parreira could, however, find a place for Adriano by playing him
alongside Ronaldo and pulling Ronaldinho back to an attacking midfield
role as he did in September's match with Bolivia when Kaka was also
In midfield, Parreira is likely to field the inexperienced Magrao as the
replacement for the injured Juninho Pernambucano in front of the defence.
Edu is another option but would have to play out of position.
"It's important to be coherent, that's the way I work," said Parreira,
explaining his decision to field a player who has won only one previous
"Any good player, such as Edu, adapts to any position, but you need time
Brazil lead the 10-nation South American group with 19 points from nine
games, are still unbeaten and are already working out how many more
points they need to qualify for Germany in 2006.
Colombia, beaten 2-1 at home by Brazil earlier in the competition, are
level on nine points with Peru and Bolivia at the bottom of the table,
although they are only four points behind fourth-placed Ecuador.
The top four teams qualify for Germany while the fifth plays off against
the Oceania region winners.
Colombia could have climbed up the table if they had beaten Paraguay on
Saturday but were held 1-1 after wasting a flurry of first-half chances
and then conceding a late equaliser.
Goalkeeper Miguel Calero told his team mates, who still have nine
matches to play, to put the disappointment behind them.
"We can't think about losing," he said. "The one who thinks he's going
to lose is mediocre and shouldn't be playing football.
"Nothing is lost and we still have the second half of the competition in
front of us."
Brazil: Dida; Cafu, Juan, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlos; Renato, Magrao,
Alex, Ze Roberto; Ronaldo, Ronaldinho
Colombia: Miguel Calero; Luis Amaranto Perea, Ivan Cordoba, Mario Yepes,
Gerardo Bedoya; Oscar Diaz, John Javier Restrepo, Frankie Oviedo, Freddy
Grisales, Victor Pacheco; Juan Pablo Angel
Refereee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)