Brazil's Marcelo Could Miss Time Due to 'Hotel Mattress' Injury

Brazil's Marcelo Could Miss Time Due to 'Hotel Mattress' Injury

Brazil's Marcelo Could Miss Time Due to 'Hotel Mattress' Injury

The Brazilian national football team held a training session on Sunday for their last-16 knockout clash against Mexico in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"I cannot have unknown variables in this match, he could be hiding something, but he came to practice, he wants to participate, he shows the commitment as a team player and might be able to feature for 45, 60 minutes".

Brazil collected seven points from their three group matches at this summer's competition.

Marcelo, who left early in the group stage finale against Serbia because of back spasms, is still uncertain for the match against Mexico.

Speaking in the Spartak Stadium's mixed zone after the game, Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar explained that the substitution had been a precaution as the 30-year-old had felt muscles "lock up" and knew he could not continue.

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Brazil's team doctor said a soft mattress may to be blame for star Marcelo's back spasms. "So Felipe Luis, not Marcelo will start".

After the game, Lasmar said: "It is still too early to make an accurate diagnosis". The injury may be related to the hotel mattress.

Marcelo has missed games for Real Madrid due to muscle problems in both of the last two seasons.

"But overall he's a terrific footballer and I have to think if he's saying that he's got a bad back because of a soft bed, I'm going to believe him".

Neymar dealt with an ankle injury after the opener against Switzerland but he was back in action against Costa Rica and against Serbia.

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