Real Madrid have confirmed 27-year-old Brazilian full-back Marcelo sustained a thigh muscle injury during Saturday’s 4-0 defeat by Barcelona in the El Clasico and will now be ruled out of action for a yet to be disclosed period.

Marcelo left the Santiago Bernabeu pitch in the 59th minute of the La Liga clash and Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has not included the hairy defender his squad for the Champions League trip to Ukraine to play Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Real captain and centre back Sergio Ramos was also left out of the squad for the Shakhtar game.

Ramos has been struggling with a shoulder injury in recent weeks but played 90 minutes in Saturday’s humbling.

As it is, Portugal international Pepe is likely to start alongside Raphael Varane in the middle, with Daniel Carvajal and Nacho at right and left back respectively.


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