Honduras's Wilson Palacios, here playing Wednesday against Chile, is one of three brothers now on the country's team. ((Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press) )

Honduras will be the first country to field three brothers in a World Cup squad after Jerry Palacios was called up because of an injury to another player.

The midfielder will arrive Thursday in Johannesburg to replace the injured Julio Cesar de Leon, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a right leg injury. Jerry will join brothers Wilson and Johnny, who are also midfielders.

A fourth brother, Edwin Rene Palacios, was kidnapped and murdered in 2007. The kidnappers killed him after the family had paid a US$500,000 ransom. Edwin was the youngest of the brothers and played briefly for Honduras' under-23 team and the under-17s.

Their father, Eulogio Palacios, was also a soccer player.

A FIFA regulation stipulates that an injured player can be replaced up to 24 hours before a team's first match, and Honduras met it within minutes of it expiring.

There have been numerous occasions where two brothers, including Kolo and Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast at this tournament, have been in the same World Cup team. In the 1998 World Cup, brothers Tore-Andre and Jostein Flo were in the same Norway team as their cousin, Harvard.