The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has moved to quell concern at Real Madrid over the thigh injury picked up by Marcelo in Brazil’s 6-0 win over Australia, insisting that the problem is not as serious as first thought.
Following Saturday’s friendly in Brasilia, tests were carried out on the Madrid man by Brazil medical staff, who confirmed that he has suffered a “minor muscle injury”. The CBF released the player from the Seleçao’s next match against Portugal on Tuesday, with the 25-year-old travelling back to Spain to be examined by Real Madrid doctors on Monday. The full-back is expected to miss between two and three weeks due to the injury.
On Sunday, Marcelo tweeted: “I’m fine, God knows what he’s doing!” He appears certain to miss the La Liga matches against Villarreal (14 September) and Getafe (22 September), as well as the Champions League encounter with Galatasaray in Istanbul (17 September). He is now targeting a comeback against Elche on 25 September, or in the Madrid derby versus Atlético three days later.
With Marcelo unavailable at left-back, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti now faces a straight choice between Álvaro Arbeloa and Fabio Coentrao. The Italian used Arbeloa on the left of the defence in pre-season against Inter Milan. This would see Dani Carvajal, who has only started one of Real’s three La Liga matches so far this season, occupy the right-back role. Meanwhile, Coentrao is yet to feature for Madrid in a competitive fixture this term, having played just 182 minutes during the pre-season period.