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Elano, Melo doubtful vs. Netherlands

June 29, 2010 news services

Brazil may be without some starters for Friday's match against the Netherlands. Midfielders Elano and Felipe Melo didn't recover from ankle injuries in time to face the Chileans and remain doubtful.

Elano left practice early on Tuesday after apparently feeling pain in his right ankle. He was undergoing a light workout with the rest of the players but had to cut it short after consulting with team doctors.

Ramires, who replaced Melo on Monday, received his second yellow card and will not be available.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.