Chủ Nhật, 3 tháng 1, 2016

Real's Marcelo sidelined by thigh muscle strain

Real Madrid

Real Madrid's woes deepened on Monday when tests confirmed Brazil fullback Marcelo damaged a thigh muscle in Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in the La Liga 'Clasico'.
Marcelo, who had to come off in the 59th minute of the humiliating reverse at the Bernabeu, has not been included in the squad for the trip to play Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League Group A on Wednesday.
Real did not say how long he might be sidelined but local media reported he would be out for two or three weeks.
Real captain and centre back Sergio Ramos was also left out of the squad for the Shakhtar game, when the 2014 winners and record 10-times continental champions can make sure of top spot in the section having already qualified for the last 16.
Ramos, a Spain international, has been struggling with a shoulder injury but played the whole of the 'Clasico'.
Real coach Rafa Benitez, under pressure after the drubbing from Barca, is taking just five recognised defenders to Ukraine.
Pepe is likely to start alongside Raphael Varane in the middle, with Daniel Carvajal and Nacho at right and left back respectively.

Keylor, Carvajal, Marcelo & Benzema back in the mix

Keylor, Carvajal, Marcelo & Benzema back in the mix

Real Madrid's Keylor Navas, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo Vieira and Karim Benzema all return to the fold for the Clásico. There are however no places in the squad for Álvaro Arbeloa, Nacho Fernández and Denis Cheryshev.

For the second time this term, the Madrid-born boss had a fully fit squad to chose from, forcing him to leave three players out. The return to fitness of Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Marcelo and Benzema means that Arbeloa, Nacho and Cheryshev will be limited to a watching brief at the Bernabéu.

Benítez still has two further decisions on which other players will miss out, having named an initial 20-man squad. The squad list in full is: Keylor Navas, Casilla, Yáñez, Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Carvajal, Danilo y Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Kovacic, Modric, James, Bale Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez y Jesé.