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Adriano set to lead Brazil attack against Venezuela

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Controversial striker Adriano is set to lead Brazil's attack in Sunday's World Cup qualifier away to Venezuela.

Adriano partnered Robinho in a practice match for the first team against the reserves on Wednesday, which in Brazil is a reliable indication of the line-up for the match.

The Inter Milan player, recalled by Brazil this year after a long series of fitness and disciplinary problems threatened to wreck his career, has been given his chance after an injury to Luis Fabiano.

"I'm doing well at Inter, slowly but surely I'm winning back my place," Adriano told reporters at the Brazil training camp in the mountain resort of Teresopolis.

"Being here again is the fruit of my work and I hope to play an important role."

Coach Dunga is likely to be criticised for his midfield, which included tackling specialists Gilberto Silva and Josue alongside Elano and Kaka.

Brazil, second in the 10-team South American qualifying group with 13 points from eight games, are under intense pressure after a series of poor results and performances.

These included a shock 2-0 friendly defeat by Venezuela in June.


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