Pato: I have overcome my injury woes

The AC Milan man had a frustrating 2011-12 due to being sidelined for large periods of time, but now states he is on the mend and hopes to feature for the Selecao in the Olympics
AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato insists he has solved his injury problems and is now hoping to play for Brazil at the forthcoming Olympics.

The Rossoneri forward endured a largely frustrating 2011-12 after being sidelined for long periods of time due to a range of niggling thigh setbacks.

However, the Selecao ace has now revealed that rehabilitation back in his homeland has rid him of such ailments, and that he is now keen to compete in the tournament.

“I had an imbalance of the posterior muscles and that caused problems for me,” the 22-year-old told Globoesporte.

“In the space of a month we re-balanced the muscles and I was able to get back on to the pitch.

“All those injuries were dramatic for me. I would recover, then two games later felt pain again. I am aware of my potential and will do everything I can to take part in the Olympics,” he admitted.

Pato came off the bench to mark a scoring return in Brazil's 4-1 friendly victory over USA on Wednesday.