Injured striker Fred dropped from Brazil squad

The Brazilian football federation says striker Fred will not

play in Brazil’s friendly against Argentina on Wednesday because of

a muscle injury in his right thigh.

The federations says Fred was released from the squad after

examinations on Tuesday showed the injury would rule him out of the

match in Cordoba.

Fred reported for duty with pain in his right thigh following a

Brazilian league match on Sunday, when he scored the winner in

Fluminense’s 1-0 victory over leader Corinthians.

Brazil is playing South American rival Argentina twice this

month in what is being called the America’s Superclassic

series.

The next match is Sept. 28 in the northern Brazilian city of

Belem.

Both teams will only feature players from local clubs.