Giba skips Brazil vs Serbia with sore shoulder

Aug. 12, 2008, 8:57 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Brazilian wing-spiker Gilberto Godhoy Filho sat out of his team's match Tuesday against Serbia because of a sore right shoulder.

Giba, as he is known, hurt his shoulder during training on Monday. He said it was not serious, but that it still hurt on Tuesday before the game.

"This competition is long and I need to stay good," Giba said. "We have 12 players. If I don't feel good, it's a problem for them."

Without him, Brazil defeated Serbia 3-1 (25-27, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21). The Brazilians, who are ranked No. 1 in the world and are favorites to win a medal in Beijing, improved to 2-0 in preliminary pool play.

"It's not a bad injury," Brazilian coach Bernardo Rezende said. "He's feeling better than he did yesterday and hopefully he will be OK for the next match."