Real Madrid have confirmed left back Marcelo has dislocated his shoulder and will be out for some time.
The defender came off with the problem in the win over Granada at the weekend and was assessed by the club’s medical staff in recent days. Tests on Tuesday revealed the dislocation, which could keep the Brazilian out of action for up to three weeks.
It will be a bitter blow for boss Zinedine Zidane, who will have to call on either Nacho Fernandez or Alvaro Arbeloa to fill in for the games against Athletic Bilbao this weekend and Roma next week in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 clash. His participation in the Madrid derby at the end of this month is also in doubt.
A statement on Real’s official website read: “After tests carried out today on the player Marcelo at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a acromioclavicular shoulder joint dislocation. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
Marcelo made the left back slot his own last season and the club decided to let Fabio Coentrao leave on loan to Monaco. Marcelo has featured 24 times for Los Blancos this season, netting two goals along the way.