Brazil midfielder Frederico Rodrigues Santos, known popularly as Fred, failed an anti-doping test during the Copa América in Chile earlier this summer. The 22-year-old, who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, played in the first two group stage games against Peru and Colombia before he was stopped for the final group match against Venezuela and quarter-final defeat to Paraguay. Fred was later replaced in the team lineup by Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

Fred was included in the 23-man Copa America roster of Dunga after Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo was ruled out with an injury ahead of the start of the tournament. Brazil crashed out after it lost to Paraguay on penalties and this was the country’s quarterfinal stage exit for the second straight year in Chile.

After being handed his full debut in the Selecao’s 2-0 victory over Mexico, Frederico Rodrigues Santos remarked he was targeting a regular place in the team but that would be a distant dream now. Last year, the 22-year-old Fred made his Selecao bow in two substitute appearances in the November Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour wins over Turkey and Austria. This month, Fred scored in second-half injury time to give Fluminense a 2-1 win at Atletico Paranaense to keep the Rio de Janeiro club close to the Brazilian league lead. The Brazilian midfielder scored with a diving header three minutes into stoppage time at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba to leave Fluminense with 27 points and marked the sixth win in seven matches for Fluminense, two behind leader Atletico Mineiro.

According to reports in Brazil, Fred’s samples showed traces of the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide, which is a prohibited substance that is commonly used for masking agents for others. The second test’s result will be released shortly and Fred could face a lengthy ban if his second sample is positive. Hydrochlorothiazide is used for controlling cardiovascular problems and other hypertension syndromes.

In another development, Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu admitted he went against the wishes of UEFA in fielding midfielder Frederico Rodrigues Santos in the Champions League qualifier on Tuesday despite being aware of a likely doping violation hanging over the Brazilian international. The Shakhtar Donetsk coach decided to start with Fred in the 0-0 draw at Fenerbahce in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round. Lucescu dismissed the concerns of UEFA claiming he had yet to receive confirmation of any violation. He added UEFA advised us not to include him before the game but we had not received any official documents and this was just a verbal recommendation.

The coach went on to remark that the banned substance may have been administered to Fred when he was on international duty. Lucescu said he believes the Brazil team doctor should be responsible for things like that and went on to say that he does not think a guy who can run 13 km per game needs pills but he will avoid commenting on the issue further until the results of the second test are known.

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