Updates from Tuesday, April 22
The Italian said, via Madrid's official Twitter:
Marcelo is set to miss the majority of Real Madrid's remaining fixtures after suffering a torn hamstring, as confirmed by AS:
Real Madrid have issued a medical report confirming that Marcelo has suffered a "grade one tear in his left hamstring". More to follow.— AS English (@English_AS) April 1, 2014
The club's official statement read, "A medical exam has revealed that Marcelo has suffered a grade one tear in his left hamstring. Pending further developments."
While the severity of the left-back's injury is yet to be disclosed, it's likely he will sit out the Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona on April 16, per Dermot Corrigan of ESPNFC.com:
Madrid statement confirming Marcelo grade 1 left hamstring tear: http://t.co/Uta7mQu2d1 No recovery time, but already doubt for Copa final— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 1, 2014
Even if he recovers sooner than expected, the player's struggle to be fit could limit his playing opportunities as the Spanish season comes to its climax. The Brazilian defender had made 29 appearances in La Liga and the Champions League this year, as reported by WhoScored.com, even captaining Los Blancos on occasion.
Carlo Ancelotti's side have been riddled with injuries this season—from Sami Khedira's torn anterior cruciate ligament to Alvaro Arbeloa's knee problem, per BBC Sport—but Marcelo's injury is sure to have an immediate impact on a team that have lost two of their last three games.
The news also follows on from Jese Rodriguez's season-ending ACL injury, as reported by ESPNFC.com.
Fabio Coentrao is now expected to take on a leading role in the Madrid defence, leaving Ancelotti with no other choice on the left. The Portuguese defender, who was widely expected to join Manchester United during the summer, per Alex Richards of the Mirror, now has the opportunity to assert himself in Madrid's starting line-up.
Marcelo's speed and attacking prowess will be missed. He is one of the world's best dribbling full-backs and is able to regularly dig out accurate crosses, providing Madrid with extra width when Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Angel Di Maria float inside.
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The 25-year-old is likely to miss both Champions League quarter-final ties with Borussia Dortmund plus crucial La Liga encounters with Real Sociedad and Almeria. His participation in the Copa Del Rey final with Barca remains in doubt, a major worry for Ancelotti.
Undoubtedly a huge blow for the capital-based club, Marcelo is the type of player whose importance doesn't truly come to the fore until he is missing. Madrid have suffered some horribly bad luck this season with regard to injury but boast the quality to ensure they remain competitive until the end.
Currently three points behind Atletico Madrid at the top of the domestic table, Ancelotti will be hoping his team overcome their run of bad injuries as the final push approaches.