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Injured Marcelo dropped from Brazil squad

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Brazil and Real Madrid defender Marcelo (center) is out of the Selecao's squad for a pair of upcoming friendlies after suffering a knee injury.

SAO PAULO (AP) - The Brazilian football federation says injured Real Madrid left back Marcelo has been dropped from Brazil's team for the friendlies against Honduras and Chile this month.

The federation says the decision was made after team doctor Jose Luis Runco received a report from Real Madrid's medical staff indicating that the player has a left knee injury.

Marcelo was injured while playing with Real Madrid this week and will not recover in time for Brazil's upcoming matches.

Brazil will play Honduras on Nov. 16 in Miami and Chile on Nov. 19 in Toronto.

The federation says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will not summon a replacement for Marcelo.

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