Marcelo injury: Brazil doc gives freakish reason for Real Madrid star's problem

Costa in action for Brazil. Image PA

Costa in action for Brazil. Image PA

Reports had suggested that Silva was unhappy with Neymar for insulting him after Brazil's 2-0 win over Costa Rica in the group stages.

The 54-year-old went onto say that should Neymar be left out of the starting eleven then it would give the former Barcelona star more time to reflect on his performance, and that upon introduction he might be more effective for Brazil.

A soft mattress may have been the reason Marcelo only managed 10 minutes of Brazil's final group game.

"We don't have an update on Marcelo's injury, I just know he has a problem with his back, he said his back was locked", revealed Brazil coach Tite. "The injury may be related to the hotel mattress".

"We all know who Neymar is but it isn't up to me, or my team, to judge him but the referees and Federation Internationale de Football Association".

Marcelo missed three Real Madrid matches due to a hamstring injury in February but has otherwise been largely injury free in recent years.

There was good link-up play between Coutinho and his Barcelona teammate Paulinho for the opening goal with the former having found space in midfield before finding the former Spurs man who lifted the ball over the goalkeeper. The important thing is that there is no injury.

Doctors will blame a soft mattress for an injury before admitting they made mistakes getting the players ready for the tournament in Russian Federation.

Mexico face Brazil in a round-of-16 clash in Samara on Monday, and Guardado issued his appeal amid criticism of Neymar for going to ground easily during the tournament.

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