Bruno Ribeiro played two seasons with Gremio Barueri (2009 when in Barueri and 2010 in Presidente Prudente). In both years, we wasn't a starter. At the end of 2009, he had a serious injury (hamstring or knee, I think?) and never recovered until the middle of the next year. Nevertheless, I never thought he would ever be the first choice right back at Gremio Barueri. But I think his versatility (can play both sides) was valued especially when financial challenges kept the roster size small. I also suspect he's at Blackburn because he is inexpensive cover. The fact that he, apparently, has an EU passport makes the work permit issues fall away.
Injury prone - yes