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Hotel mattress blamed for Marcelo's back injury at World Cup

Hotel mattress blamed for Marcelo's back injury at World Cup

After the Selecao's 2-0 win over Costa Rica at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, the veteran centre-back sent tongues wagging when he told members of the media that he was "saddened" after he was "insulted" by Neymar when the 26-year-old reacted angrily towards him following a misplaced pass.

"A team is made up of players who have no greater importance than another, but different characteristics", Tite said after last night's win over Serbia.

And Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro is under no illusions about the importance to Brazil of Neymar, who has been linked with a move to the LaLiga giants, where he could join forces with Ronaldo.

The 30-year-old limped off the field ten minutes into the Group E clash in Moscow.

Questions were raised after Renato Augusto, Fred, Danilo, Douglas Costa and Marcelo all got hit by injuries before and during the World Cup.

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A mysterious injury that forced one of Brazil's key players off the pitch against Serbia has been revealed. "Maybe it was the hotel's mattress, which was a bit more soft than usual".

"Marcelo is medicated and with medication the tendency is that the response is good and that he can play", he said. The important thing is that there is no injury.

"There is no recovery period".

Although doctors said none of the injuries was serious, it wasn't immediately clear which player would be available for Monday's round-of-16 match against Mexico in Samara.


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