Real Madrid's Marcelo to miss remainder of league season

Marcelo, 32, will miss Real's final four Liga matches -- against Alaves on Friday plus Granada, Villarreal and Leganes.

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Marcelo's Real Madrid is two points shy of defending champion and leader Barcelona with 11 rounds remaining in the La Liga.   -  Getty Images

Real Madrid defender Marcelo will likely be sidelined for the rest of its Liga title run-in after sustaining a thigh injury.

A statement from Real on Friday confirmed the injury to the Brazilian without stating when he would return although Spanish newspaper Marca said he would be out of action for three weeks.

Marcelo, 32, will miss Real's final four Liga matches -- against Alaves on Friday plus Granada, Villarreal and Leganes - but should return in time for its Champions League last-16 second leg at Manchester City on Aug. 7, added the report.

Real, targeting its first Spanish league title since 2017, is one point clear of second-placed Barcelona and can increase its lead to four with a home win over struggling Alaves.

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