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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012

Brazil's Marcelo breaks right foot


SAO PAULO — Real Madrid left back Marcelo has broken his right foot in training with Brazil and will be sidelined until at least the end of the year.

Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said the defender will be out for at least three months because of the injury sustained Sunday in Poland, where the team will play Japan in a friendly on Tuesday.

Lasmar said Marcelo's injury may require surgery, but the player will return to Spain on Monday to be evaluated by Real Madrid doctors.

Marcelo said he will "be back soon" and that he wants to fully recover "in time for the 2013 Confederations Cup" that Brazil will host.

Marcelo has been Brazil's starter at left back under coach Mano Menezes, who will not replace him in the squad ahead of Tuesday's match.

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