Pato may recover in time to play Copa America

Brazil’s doctor says striker Alexandre Pato will likely recover

from a shoulder injury to be available for next month’s Copa

America.

Doctor Jose Luiz Runco says the right shoulder injury Pato

sustained in the Serie A final round with AC Milan will not keep

the striker from participating in the South American championship

in Argentina.

He also said on Thursday that young playmaker Paulo Henrique

Ganso should recover from a right thigh muscle injury and be

available for Brazil’s title defense.

Brazil, seeking its third straight Copa America title, will play

a friendly against the Netherlands in the central city of Goiania

on Saturday.