Brazil expect to have midfielder Elano back for their final FIFA World Cup™ Group G match against Portugal although he was stretchered off in the 3-1 win over Côte d'Ivoire.
The five-times FIFA World Cup winners booked their last-16 berth on Sunday with an impressive win over Sven-Goran Eriksson's Ivorians, but had star midfielder Kaka sent off for a second yellow card. Kaka will miss Friday's match against Portugal in Durban through suspension, but goal-scorer Elano is expected back in the side despite having been stretchered off after a heavy knock to his right leg on 67 minutes at Soccer City.
"He suffered a very heavy knock, but it is only a knock and we hope within two days he will be able to play," said Brazil's Budweiser Man of the Match Luis Fabiano whose goals either side of half-time sealed the victory. "It will be sore, but he will be able to play."
Galatasary midfielder Elano now has two FIFA World Cup goals, having also scored in the opening win over North Korea last Tuesday before converting a Kaka cross on 62 minutes to score Brazil's third against Côte d'Ivoire.