It wouldn't be a major tournament without stadium fears, and the preparation for the 2014 World Cup is Brazil is no different.

After heavy rain hit Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, FIFA had to cancel yesterday's inspection of the stadium as some equipment was submerged in rain water.

But it's not all doom and gloom for Brazil, with the Maracana organisers playing catch up to the likes of the Mineirao Stadium, which already comes complete with a roof and pitch.

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Submerged: The Maracana is already behind schedule, with organisers concerned about testing the stadium before the World Cup

 

Rio's Maracana stadium is FIFA's main worry as Brazil prepares to host the Confederations Cup in June, FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday.

'[Rio] is the one which is causing FIFA the most concern,' said Valcke.

'The date of completion is very important so we can test them before the start,' Valcke said. 'May is too late and that could cause a lot of trouble for FIFA, for the World Cup and for Brazil.'

WORLD CUP 2014 STADIUM UPDATE

Mane Garrincha (Brasilia) - Work now '89 per cent complete'

Arena Corinthians (Sao Paulo) - Work now '60 per cent complete'

Castelao (Fortaleza) - Complete, hosted first game in January

Mineriao (Belo Horizonte) - Complete, but eventual occupancy is in dispute

Beira-Rio (Porto Alegre) - Bulk of renovation complete, expected opening in September

Arena Fonte Nova (Salvador) - Expected opening at the end this month

Arena Pernambuco (Recife) - Work now '90 per cent complete'

Arena Pantanal (Cuiaba) - Work now '60 per cent complete'

Arena Da Amazonia (Manaus) - Around 50 per cent complete

Arena Das Dunas (Natal) - On schedule, but worries with roof and post-2014 occupancy

Arena Da Baixada (Curitiba) - Work now '55 per cent complete'

And the unexpected flooding has not helped the situation, with Valcke seemingly genuinely worried for the state of the iconic stadium.

'If you see images of the stadium you will be concerned. The stadium is under water. We are really concerned.'

But Rio de Janeiro authorities downplayed the disruption caused by the flood, saying 'the problems caused by the rain were being solved and the construction timetable was not affected.'

Bridge over troubled water: Access to the equipment has been haulted (above) while the roof was only partially completed in February (below)

 

FIFA has said the six stadiums which will host matches in the Confederations Cup, considered a dress rehearsal for the 2014 World Cup, must be ready by mid-April.

The Maracana, built for the 1950 World Cup and remodelled several times since, was due for completion in December but the deadline was put back to February and then April.

The latest rebuilding work started in 2010 at a cost of $457 million, with a re-opening friendly with England scheduled for June 2.

Miles ahead: The Mineirao Stadium has already been completed

 

Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) technical director Virgilio Elisio said on Monday he was worried and that work would have to speed up.

Meanwhile the Recife stadium, previously one of the major headaches and which was less than half complete when the local organising committee visited for the first time last year, is 90 per cent ready, officials said.

'Now we have to work on the pitch, which is the most important project,' said Valcke. 'The pitch will be planted in the new few weeks but we don't have much time for it to be ready.'

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