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Brazil team doctor suggests freakish cause of Marcelo's back injury

Brazil team doctor suggests freakish cause of Marcelo's back injury

And now Dr Rodrigo Lasmar has revealed that the problems to Marcelo may have come as a result of a hotel mattress.

Tite in a pre-match conference said, "Yes, we have confirmed the team".

"On top of this there is likely to be a lot of heat, humidity and so we have made a decision to start with Filipe".

In the large gamut of unusual sporting injuries, there looks to be a new addition, with Brazil left back Marcelo suffering a back spasm during Brazil's last match for a particularly odd reason.

Marcelo was replaced by Filipe Luis in the early stages of Brazil's 2-0 victory over Serbia on Wednesday night, citing a back issue as he limped off the pitch in the Spartak Stadium. Maybe the mattress in the hotel was softer than usual.

The 30-year-old has been an ever-present for club and country over the years and missed just three league matches last season with a hamstring injury.

Brazil's next game at the tournament is next Monday afternoon's round-of-16 meeting with Mexico in Samara.

"I only know that he had a problem with his back".

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

Juventus winger Costa is recovering well, said Lasmar, but will not be fit for Monday's match in Samara.


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