Wolfsburg's Gustavo is usually deployed as the anchor of Brazil's central midfield pair, with his partner, which was Fernandinho in the last-16 penalty-shootout victory over Chile, given more licence to go forward.
However, Gustavo is suspended for the meeting with Colombia in Fortaleza, and therefore Luis Felipe Scolari may have to reshuffle, with Fernandinho dropping deeper and Paulinho or Ramires returning to the side.
This is fine by the 29-year-old, who performed such a role regularly for Manchester City last season.
"When I was called up, it was to play in the holding role," he told reporters. That is how I played in England throughout last season. For me it is no problem whatsoever.
"If 'Felipao' opts for somebody else, that is also not a problem. The important thing is to find the balance we need to keep the midfield secure against Colombia.
"When I play in that position, my job is to mark, close down spaces. Whoever plays alongside me, we will do our best to cover for the absence of Luiz Gustavo."
Fernandinho's City performances helped him return to the international fold in March, after a two-year absence.