Daniel Alves, Alex Sandro out of Brazil squad

Barcelona right back Daniel Alves and FC Porto left back Alex

Sandro have been released from Brazil’s squad for friendlies

against Iraq and Japan because of injury.

Brazil will play Iraq in Sweden on Thursday and take on Japan in

Poland on Oct. 16.

Daniel Alves will be sidelined for three weeks after pulling his

left thigh during his team’s 2-2 draw against Real Madrid on

Sunday. Alex Sandro incurred a similar injury on his left leg in

Porto’s match against Sporting Lisbon.

The Brazilian football federation said Monday that coach Mano

Menezes will not call up replacements.

Brazil is not playing any World Cup qualifiers because it will

host the tournament in 2014.