Real Madrid defender Marcelo is facing a three-month spell on the sidelines after sustaining a broken metatarsal while on international duty with Brazil, the country's football federation has confirmed.
The 24-year-old picked up the injury during training and was led off the pitch by medical staff, unable to walk due to a suspected ankle knock.
However, it has now been confirmed that he has broken his fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and may be forced to have surgery.
"I'll be back soon," he promised to reporters. "There's plenty of time before the 2013 Confederations Cup, and I hope to play a part in it."
Jose Mourinho is already without the services of another left back, Fabio Coentrao, who was forced out of Portugal's match with Russia in the first half on Friday, leaving him with a selection dilemma for next week's clash with Celta Vigo.
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