Real Madrid suffer Marcelo blow after early injury against Betis

Real Madrid face a nervous wait to find out the extent of Marcelo’s injury after the full-back lasted just 30 minutes of Sunday’s clash against Betis.

The Brazil international started again for Madrid after scoring midweek against Paris Saint-Germain. 

But just before the half-hour mark he attempted to play his way out of a tight spot deep in his own half, and went down holding his right hamstring without being touched by a Betis player. 

Marcelo originally tried to continue, but looked in severe discomfort on the pitch as it became clear he would not be able to play on. 

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Theo Hernandez was chosen to replace the left-back, who must now wait to find out what damage has been incurred to the muscle at a pivotal point in Madrid’s season. 

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Madrid began Sunday 20 points behind Liga leaders Barcelona, albeit with two games in hand over their arch-rivals. 

As well as Marcelo the Merengue have been shorn of the services of Toni Kroos this week through a knee sprain, with centre-back Jesus Vallejo the only other current casualty in the squad.