Injured Maicon dropped from Brazil squad

The Brazilian football federation says Roma defender Maicon will

not join Brazil for friendlies against South Korea and Zambia

because of a right leg muscle injury.

Maicon was hurt in Roma’s victory over Sampdoria in the Serie A

on Sept. 25 and will not recover in time for Brazil’s matches

against South Korea next Saturday in Seoul, and Zambia on Oct. 15

in Beijing.

He has already missed Roma’s league match against Bologna on

Sunday.

The Brazilian federation said it was ”common sense” to allow

the right back to stay with his club to recover.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will not pick a replacement for

Maicon, who was Brazil’s starter in the 2010 World Cup in South

Africa.