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The Selecao will be able to count on their indispensable playmaker on Wednesday, but the only question is how long he will be able to stay on the pitch.

After an insipid display against Ecuador in high altitude last Sunday, Brazil will be hoping to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on the right track when they face Peru on Wednesday.

The good news for coach Dunga is that Kaka has shrugged off the foot injury which sidelined him from the 1-1 draw in Quito at the weekend. After completing Monday’s training session, the Milan maestro has been passed fit to play, although he is unlikely to start.

“In theory, Kaka will be available. We just don’t know how long he will be able to play for, but we are going to talk about that later,” Dunga told reporters.

“We have just returned from Quito and I have to assess the physical condition and the recovery of all the players.”

Dunga then went on to defend his team’s performance in Ecuador, played at over 9,000 feet above sea level.

“There is always going to be criticism. Everybody wants us to win, to dominate all our games, but playing there is not easy. You should try and run up and down a flight of stairs four or five times at altitude and see if there’s a difference,” he boomed.

“Every team that plays in high altitude will always try to slow down their rhythm. It is normal for the athletes to lower the pace, recover their breathing, try and cool down the opponent, then take control of the game once we have more air.”

Brazil are currently fourth in the CONMEBOL standings, five points behind leaders Paraguay.

KS Leong, Goal.com

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