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Marcelo likely to be fit for Mexico clash

Sochi, June 29: Brazil have received a boost ahead of their pre-quarterfinal against Mexico with news that defender Marcelo is expected to play after overcoming a back problem.

The Real Madrid left-back was forced off in the 10th minute of Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia on Wednesday after suffering a back spasm. Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said the 30-year-old is making encouraging progress as he undergoes daily physiotherapy at the team’s Sochi training base. “We are going to observe him a little more to see how he is in the next 24 hours,” Lasmar told reporters on Friday. IANS

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