Pato set for extended spell out

MILAN - AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato is likely to be out for several more weeks after tests on Monday showed the Brazilian had torn his thigh muscle.

The 20-year-old, who has barely played this year as injury-hit Milan mount a bid for the Serie A title, made his latest comeback from thigh trouble in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Napoli but limped off after 15 minutes.

"Tests have shown a tear. Pato will undergo further checks in the coming days," a club statement said, increasing the likelihood the forward will again be overlooked by Brazil coach Dunga when he names his squad for June's World Cup.

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