During Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia on Wednesday night, left-back Marcelo was forced off with injury after just ten minutes and the team doctor believes it could have been caused by his bed.
Brazil progressed to the knock-out rounds after the win left them top of their group. They will face Mexico in the round of 16, but it’s possible Marcelo could miss the match after the bizarre injury.
It was unclear what was wrong with the Real Madrid star as he had to leave the field so early on, but the doctor believes he suffered a muscle spasm.
Marcelo was replaced by Felipe Luis, but there was confusion as he left the field slowly, with the referee initially unsure what was wrong.
The left-back didn’t appear to have any injury or have been hit, but grimaced with his hands on his head. Unable to continue, he waited by the dugout for a substitution to be made.
Brazil’s team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar said after the game: ‘A spasm in the stabilizing musculature of the spine,’ the Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the match.
‘It could be that the mattress on which he slept in Moscow was softer and that will cause that problem in the column, we will wait how it evolves and if it can play, but the answer for now is good.
Marcelo took to Twitter to thank fans for their support and assure them he will be back soon.
‘Thanks for all the messages. In a short time I will be back. Thank god it was nothing serious. Very happy for the victory!’ he wrote.
Brazil finished top of the group thanks to goals from Paunlinho and Thiago Silva either side of half-time.
They will face Mexico in the round of 16, who progressed after South Korea knocked Germany out, despite losing 3-0 to Sweden in their final group game.
Their round of 16 tie will kick off at 15:00 BST on Monday.