Marcelo out for Real Madrid’s La Liga clash against Betis with back injury

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Real Madrid have officially announced that long-serving star Marcelo has had to withdraw from the squad for the clash against Real Betis following a last-minute injury.

Los Blancos report that the left-back has been pulled from the 22-man matchday squad after ‘feeling discomfort in his back’. The La Liga champions haven’t stated a return timeframe at this point.

The 32-year-old’s absence isn’t a massive blow in the context of tonight’s game, with Ferland Mendy cemented as the starting left-back, but it could hinder any of Zinedine Zidane’s future rotation plans.

Marcelo made 23 appearances for Los Blancos last season, but the Brazilian has now dropped below Mendy in the pecking order – the Frenchman has now settled after a big-money move last summer.

The timing of the injury could be worse though, the October international break is around the corner, so if Marcelo’s knock is found to be a medium-term one, the ace may not miss many matches after all.

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