Gabriel Magalhaes says the injury that has ruled him out of the upcoming Olympics is ‘nothing serious’.
The Brazilian had been given the nod to represent Brazil’s under-23s in Japan but pulled out this morning two weeks before the tournament begins. We’re not sure on the specifics but it’s believed he’s nursing a problem in his right knee that could be tendinitis.
We tried to find out more but unfortunately, phone calls to the omnipotent being he references in his Instagram post have not been returned.
Gabriel wrote: “Unfortunately I won’t be able to fulfill my dream. Not now. Due to an injury, nothing serious, I will not be able to defend my country’s colors at the Olympics.
“I will be, from a distance, rooting for the national team and for my teammates. God knows everything.”
Gabi is expected to continue his rehabilitation back in London in the coming weeks and will hopefully be fit for the first game of the season against Brentford on 13 August.
In case you missed it, Arsenal’s male players have been Tokyo-yoing in and out of the Games.
Like his namesake, Gabriel Martinelli was also called up by Brazil. Then the striker was dropped. And then he was called up again. Meanwhile, William Saliba was named in France’s squad. But he, and several others, have since pulled out.
It’s all quite fitting for an Olympics which, already delayed a year by Covid-19, has flirted regularly flirted with the idea of being called off.