Gabriel Magalhaes has withdrawn from the Brazil squad due to the impending birth of his daughter, according to reports.
Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte report that Gabriel Magalhaes is no longer on the Brazil squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia.
Gabriel requested release due to the expected birth of his daughter, and he’s been replaced by Felipe of Atletico Madrid.
This was Gabriel’s third call-up, but he didn’t make an appearance in the other two international breaks, so Brazil shouldn’t be negatively impacted by his absence.
The fixtures also aren’t particularly important for Brazil. They’ve already racked up more than enough points to qualify for the World Cup.
At this point, they’re only playing for pride and to try and stop other good teams from qualifying.
This is the second drama we’ve had already relating to Arsenal’s Brazil call-ups.
Gabriel Martinelli was called up alongside Gabriel Magalhaes, but his illness ahead of the trip to Aston Villa created speculation over whether he’d be available for Brazil.
Fortunately, Mikel Arteta suggested Martinelli still had a good chance to be involved with his country’s senior side for the first time.
“Hopefully, yes,” Arteta responded to questions about Martinelli’s involvement.
“He was gutted not to be able to play today because he travelled to try and be with the team. He really deserves [the call up] so hopefully he can travel tomorrow (Sunday).”