Flamengo has two new casualties to face Botafogo, next Sunday, at 11 am (GMT), at Mané Garrincha, for the fifth round of the Brazilian Championship. Pedro and Santos had muscle problems and are out of the derby. On the other hand, Rodrigo Caio was listed once again and may debut in the season.
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Likely lineup: Hugo, Pablo, David Luiz and Filipe Luís; Isla, João Gomes, Willian Arão and Bruno Henrique; Arrascaeta and Everton Ribeiro; Gabigol.
Pedro felt pain in his right thigh, but he has no injury. He was preserved and does not travel to Brasília. Santos’ situation is more delicate: an examination showed a bruise on his left thigh, and the goalkeeper began treatment.
Striker felt pain — Photo: Arthur Ribeiro
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On the other hand, the good news is the possible debut of Rodrigo Caio this season. The defender has not played since early December, when he played in the 35th round of the Brasileirão that passed. He has since had surgery on his right knee and has had complications such as an infection at the site.
After complications such as weight loss due to the treatment, the defender started the physical transition just under a month ago. The period served to correct the muscular imbalance and leave the athlete in playing condition again.
With five points, tied with rival Botafogo, Fla is in 12th place in the Brasileirão table. The red-blacks are two points away from the G-6, the zone that gives access to the next Copa Libertadores. The difference is the same for Z-4, which has Atlético-GO in 17th place.
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