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Coutinho out of Brazil's WCup qualifying squad with injury

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, right, runs with the ball as Bolivia's Diego Wayar challenges him during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup ...

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, right, runs with the ball as Bolivia's Diego Wayar challenges him during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup ...

SAO PAULO (AP) — Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho was dropped from Brazil's squad for a pair of World Cup qualifying matches in November because of injury.

The Brazilian soccer confederation said late Tuesday that Lyon forward Lucas Paquetá will replace Coutinho for matches against Venezuela on Nov. 13 and Uruguay four days later.

Coutinho injured his left thigh on Saturday in Barcelona's 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.

Paquetá had initially been called up for Brazil's Olympic team, which will play Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho could also be in doubt for the qualifying matches. He picked up a hamstring injury on Tuesday during his team's 2-0 Champions League win over Midtjylland.

Brazil and Argentina lead the South American qualifying group with two wins from two matches.

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