Brazil's Giba plays only briefly against Russia
BEIJING (AP) Wing-spiker Giba played just briefly in Brazil's loss to Russia on Thursday because he continues to have pain in his right shoulder.
Known as Giba, Gilberto Godhoy Filho said the injury is not serious but he needs rest. Even though he was cleared by the team doctor to play against Russia, it was best to take a conservative approach, he said.
Giba, considered one of the world's best attackers, injured his shoulder Monday in practice. He did not play against Serbia, Brazil's second match of the preliminary rounds.
"It's getting much better. I'm doing the therapy that I have to do," he said. "I have to be patient," he said.
Russia defeated Brazil 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 31-29, 25-19) on Thursday. The Brazilians, who are ranked No. 1 in the world and are favorites to win the gold medal in Beijing, fell to 2-1 in round-robin pool play, while Russia remained undefeated. The top four teams from each of two six-team pools will advance to the quarterfinals.
"I want to play, but I don't want to cause trouble for the team," Giba said. "At the moment there are others playing better than me and they are better physically."
Giba did not come into the game against Russia until late in the fourth set.
"I was worried about whether a tough, long match would hurt his recovery," Brazilian coach Bernardo Rezende said. "Hopefully he can train tomorrow and play the next day against Poland."