Real Madrid's Marcelo vows to return to playing 'as soon as possible'
Real Madrid's Marcelo has vowed to throw himself into rehabilitation and get back into the team as he recovers from a metatarsal injury.
Marcelo told Real Madrid's official website: "I will do everything to get back in the team quickly. This will not wipe the smile off my face. I'm always happy. Now I need to work hard to get back to playing."
The Seleção fullback suffered a fractured metatarsal bone in training with the national team before the friendly against Iraq and was then ruled out for three months.
"I hope this the first and last time I get the injury. I would not want that to happen to anybody. Sometimes that can happen in training or in a match."
But Marcelo says the injury will not affect his good humour: "Now I need to recover well to get back as soon as possible. If I'm strong and in a good mood, my teammates and my family will help me in recovery."
Real Madrid have made a poor start to the season, lying in 5th place and eight points behind leaders Barcelona.