Daniel Alves back in Brazil squad after injury

Associated Press Published: October 30, 2012
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Barcelona right back Daniel Alves and Real Madrid playmaker Kaka were picked Tuesday in Brazil's squad for the friendly against Colombia in two weeks' time.

Daniel Alves has recovered from a left thigh injury, while Kaka has kept his place after playing well in the friendlies against Iraq and Japan this month.

Brazil will play Colombia on Nov. 14 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, United States. It will be the team's final match of the year, and the 1,000th in its history.

There were no surprises in the squad selected by coach Mano Menezes, who is preparing Brazil for next year's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup at home. Chelsea playmaker Oscar, Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva and Santos striker Neymar are in the squad.

"It's very important to be able to keep picking the same squad," Menezes said. "I think the national team is on the right track to begin next year in good position to compete in the Confederations Cup, which will give us a better idea of where we are because we will be playing top-level nations. Hopefully we will keep improving until then."

For the match against Colombia, Menezes was unable to call on injured defenders Marcelo of Real Madrid, Alex Sandro of FC Porto and Dede of Vasco da Gama.

Daniel Alves missed the last two friendlies and was sidelined for nearly three weeks after pulling his left thigh during Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the Spanish league this month. But he is training again with his club and should be fully fit ahead of Brazil's friendly.

Kaka secured his spot in the squad after playing well and scoring a goal in each of the friendlies — a 6-0 thrashing of Iraq and a 4-0 win over Japan. He hadn't played for Brazil since its elimination in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Menezes also left the door open for the possible return of Ronaldinho, who is playing well again in the Brazilian league. The former two-time world player of the year is helping Atletico Mineiro lead in the title chase from Fluminense.

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