Dos Santos to miss Olympic gold medal clash with injury

The Tottenham attacking midfielder has revealed that he will miss his country's meeting with Brazil after suffering a muscle tear in the semi-final victory over Japan
Tottenham midfielder Giovani dos Santos will miss the final of the Olympic Games men's football tournament between Mexico and Brazil at Wembley after suffering a muscle tear in the semi-final against Japan.

The news comes as a serious blow to Mexico's chances of winning a first gold medal in London, with Brazil already considered favourites for the clash.

Mano Menezes' team overcame South Korea in the semi-finals and have scored six goals in two games during the knockout stages.

"I'm very sad. I'm out of the final due to a muscle tear, now I just have to recover and support my teammates this Saturday," Dos Santos revealed on Twitter.

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The Tottenham winger has scored three goals for Mexico en route to the final, finding the back of the net against Gabon (twice) and Senegal having initially been left on the bench by coach Luis Fernando Tena.

Mexico were undefeated as they topped Group B, before seeing off Senegal in extra-time in the quarter-finals and coming from behind to beat Japan 3-1 to secure a place at Wembley.

Dos Santos will also have been hoping to impress new Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, with his opportunities at White Hart Lane limited in recent seasons.