Marcelo, Real Madrid defender, to miss Champions League opener against PSG

Marcelo, Real Madrid defender, to miss Champions League opener against PSG

- Marcelo will miss Real Madrid opening Champions League fixture against PSG

- The 31-year-old defender suffered back injury in their preparation for their European fixture

- Luka Modric, Isco and a few other stars have also been ruled out of the match

Real Madrid have confirmed that Brazil superstar Marcelo will not take part in their Champions League opening fixture against Paris Saint Germain this midweek.

The 31-year-old defender was part of Los Blancos' 3-2 victory over Levante in their La Liga clash last weekend.

Meanwhile, after being diagnosed by the club medical team, the Brazilian has been ruled out for the game in Paris.

He could also miss their next Spanish League encounter against Sevilla as they did not reveal when he could possible rejoin the rest of the team.

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"After the tests carried out today on our player Marcelo by the Real Madrid medical services, he has been diagnosed with a post-traumatic cervicodorsal injury," the statement read.

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Meanwhile, Daily Mail report that the Galacticos are planning to replace Marcelo with Ferland Mendy as they hope to get their campaign off to a bright start.

Apart from the 31-year-old, Isco, Luka Modric, Marco Asensio and Fede Valverde have also been ruled out of the game while the duo of Sergio Ramos and Nacho Fernandez set to miss the clash due to suspension.

Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane will however be hoping his players will put up a better performance in France.

Last season, Real Madrid were ousted by Ajax in the round of 16, having won the European title for the 13th time the previous edition.

Meanwhile, the return of Eden Hazard will give the French tactician a rest of mind after the Belgian forward made his debut for the club over the weekend.

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Brazil forward Neymar was also back in the PSG squad for the first time after been frozen out by the manager owing to his propose return to Barcelona.

The former Santos forward marked his return to the club with the winning goal as they narrowly beat Strasbourg in their Ligue 1 encounter. earlier reported that Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea defender, will not be available for selection when the Blues begin their Champions League Group H opener against Valencia on Tuesday, September 17, at Stamford Bridge.

According to Daily Mail report, Rudiger, who cropped a groin injury during Saturday's 5-2 win at Wolves, in his first game of the campaign, has been ruled out of Valencia by club boss Frank Lampard.

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