Ecuador will be missing key midfield man Antonio Valencia as they take on holders Brazil tomorrow, staring Copa America elimination in the face. Valencia missed the loss to Venezuela with an ankle injury suffered in the opening group match draw against Paraguay and now medical staff feel he should not be risked.
Valencia dislocated and broke the same ankle last September during a UEFA Champions League outing. "Unfortunately the injury has not improved to the extent that he would be 100 per cent able to play," squad doctor Patricio Maldonado told reporters.
He added Valencia "still feels pain" from the injury. "For his own good we cannot risk him. If he did turn out and got injured then we wuld lose him for a long time."
Maldonado indicated that his club Manchester United were being kept informed of the situation. "We are communicating over the internet, we are sending them all the tests," he said. Only a win will see the Ecuadorians through tomorrow.