Real Madrid left-back Marcelo is likely to miss out on the El Clasico after picking up a hamstring injury against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night after just 32 minutes and both Rafa Benitez and Brazil coach Dunga are waiting to hear what the ramifications of the knock are.
Marcelo has played every minute of every league match for Madrid this season and Benitez realises how big a loss he will be. The manager said:
“He was playing a lot of games and we knew that anything could happen. We thought that we would have enough time to reach the international break.
“He told me that he noticed that area was becoming uncomfortable. He stopped immediately. We cannot assess the injury until the scope of it becomes clear. Marcelo was playing really well and that is the key thing.
“You put up with it because he is playing really well. In this case, it was not about fatigue because he said that he was doing well but he has had lots of minutes on the pitch and lots of travel that can take their toll”.
The 27-year-old had won 60% of all his duels in La Liga this season including 25 tackles and 20 take-ons and is one of the most in-form players at Madrid at the moment. His loss for the Barcelona tie will be sorely felt by his team-mates, but his replacement, Nacho, is a competent deputy.
The 25-year-old Spanish international scored the only goal in the 1-0 win against PSG and has already played 90 minutes three times in La Liga this season and should start against Sevilla this weekend.
Marcelo’s injury is also bad news for Brazil as the Selecao are due to take on close rivals Argentina in a World Cup qualifying game on November 12th before facing Peru on the 17th.