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Gabriel withdraws from Brazil squad

Gabriel Magalhaes in action for Arsenal
Gabriel Magalhaes in action for Arsenal

Arsenal defender Gabriel has withdrawn from the Brazil squad through injury.

The news was confirmed on Monday by his national team head coach Dorival Junior but he gave no details on Gabriel's injury, nor its extent.

The 26-year-old has six caps for Brazil and played the full 90 minutes of the Gunners' Champions League win over Porto last Tuesday.

He was subsequently called up for his national side for their friendlies against England and Spain, but has now pulled out.

Gabriel has featured 38 times across all competitions for Mikel Arteta's side this season and the Arsenal boss will be hoping that he is available for the crucial trip to Manchester City on 31 March.