Robinho ruled out of England game

Brazil forward Robinho will not play in tomorrow's friendly against England in Doha as he continues his recovery following an ankle injury.

The Manchester City star had joined up with his country yesterday despite having not fully recovered from a stress fracture of his ankle suffered while on international duty earlier this season.

However, he has not given up hope of being available to face Oman in another international friendly on Tuesday.

That could spark a row between Brazil and City, who are due to meet Liverpool next Saturday in a lunchtime Barclays Premier League clash.

City were under the impression that Robinho was only leaving their training camp in Abu Dhabi to be examined by the Brazilian medical team but he has stayed with coach Dunga's side.

Asked whether he would be available to face England, Robinho said: "I'm not fit yet but maybe I will be for the next game."

Brazil midfielder Gilberto Silva is convinced Robinho will be staying at Eastlands despite speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona.

The former Arsenal player said: "I think he is going to stay. There are a lot of rumours but that is often the case with big-name players. The player has tried to avoid controversy and maybe something he has said has not been very well interpreted.

"For the last few weeks he has been treating his injury and has been concerned because he wants to play for Manchester City and Brazil.

"My big advice to any player arriving in England is to learn the language, one of the most important things, and then learn the game.

"He has learned the game and his language is improving. I have helped him a bit with that and so has Kaka, who also speaks English."

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