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Strike Robinho Off Brazil Olympic Team
Reuters, July 21st, 2008 4:30PM

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Real Madrid has asked Brazil to release Robinho from its Olympic team after medical tests revealed that the forward is suffering from a groin injury. The player says he'll request the club's decision.

"On the advice of the medical staff," Real said in a statement, "the club has decided that the best thing for the player would be to go to the preseason training camp with the rest of the squad where he can follow a rehabilitation program under the supervision of the club doctors."

The 24-year-old Robinho, whose future has been the subject of intense speculation, admitted he was disappointed that he would miss the Games.

"Unfortunately I won't be able to go to the Olympics with Brazil, but that is Real Madrid's decision and I respect it," he told reporters before Real left for its training camp in Austria.

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