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Fred tests positive in anti-doping screening taken during Copa America

Fred, left, will know the results of a test to provide counter-evidence on Tuesday.

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred tested positive in an anti-doping screening during the Copa America in Chile earlier this summer, reports in Brazil have confirmed.

In testing the player's urine, the doping commission found the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, which is a prohibited substance that can be used as a masking agents for others.

The results of a second test to provide counter-evidence will be released on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old former Internacional man was included in Dunga's 23-man Copa America roster after Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo was ruled out with an injury before the start of the tournament.

Despite the late call-up, Fred emerged as a starter in Brazil's first two games in Chile before losing his place in the Selecao's 1-0 loss to Venezuela in the final match.

Brazil crashed out at the quarterfinal stage for the second straight year in Chile, losing to Paraguay on penalties.


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