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Paula returns after injury

Paula picked up the injury during the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix but still hopes to travel to Japan for the FIVB Women's World Championship later this month
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 8, 2010 – Brazil’s outside hitter Paula Pequeno returned to training for the first time on Monday after recovering from the broken ankle she picked up during the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix.

The 28-year-old was previously a doubt for the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship but is now hoping to make Brazil coach Ze Roberto’s final squad which will travel to Japan from October 29-November 10.

"I was released on Monday and slowly went back to train, respecting my limits,” Paula said. “But gradually, I was feeling good and I increased the pace. I will make the final stages of preparation for the World Championship and do everything to get to Japan."

Paula is one of the most experienced players in the side, famously picking up the MVP award at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where her side clinched gold, and her experience is something that coach Ze Roberto realises could aid his side in their campaign to win their first World Championship. However, he was quick to point out that he needs fit players to stand the best chance.

“She's a player of strength, has international experience, and that is very important for the group,” Ze Roberto commented. “But it needs to be well, at least 80% of capacity.”

Brazil depart for Japan on October 20 and are in Pool B alongside 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup winners Italy, 2007 World Grand Prix winners the Netherlands, Kenya, Puerto Rico and the Czech Republic.

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