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Marcelo ruled out of Brazil friendlies

Sao Paulo: Real Madrid’s Brazil left-back Marcelo will miss this month’s international friendlies against Honduras and Chile with a knee injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation said.

Marcelo was injured in training with his club on Friday and Spanish media said he would be sidelined for two weeks.

“Following examinations and scans carried out today [Friday] on our player Marcelo at Sanitas-La Moraleja hospital, he has been diagnosed with traumatic arthritis in the left knee,” Madrid said on their website (www.realmadrid.com).

Brazil have not called up a replacement and Paris Saint-Germain’s Maxwell is set to fill in at left back.

World Cup hosts Brazil face Honduras in Miami on November 16 and play Chile in Toronto, Canada three days later, with both opponents having qualified for next year’s finals.