Real Madrid have been handed a major injury blow ahead of their game against Las Palmas as long-serving left-back Marcelo has been ruled out due to a calf strain.

According to Goal, Real Madrid have confirmed that will face an extended injury lay-off after he limped off in the clash against Villarreal. The Brazilian has played in all of his side’s games this season and will be a huge miss for the game against Las Palmas. Reports in Spain have suggested that Marcelo will be sidelined between two and three weeks.

Real Madrid’s club statement read:

“Following tests carried out today on Marcelo at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a grade two muscle strain in the soleus muscle of his right calf.

“His recovery will continue to be monitored.”

He will miss Saturday’s trip to Las Palmas and is expected to be unavailable for the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund next week, and the league match at home to Eibar on October 2.

Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo (L) and Sevilla's Spanish midfielder Vitolo vie for the ball during the UEFA Super Cup final football match between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC on August 9, 2016 at the Lerkendal Stadium in Trondheim. / AFP / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo (L) and Sevilla’s Spanish midfielder Vitolo vie for the ball during the UEFA Super Cup final football match between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC on August 9, 2016 at the Lerkendal Stadium in Trondheim. (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Midfielder Casemiro is also ruled out for a few weeks with a broken leg bone. The Brazilian has been like a rock at the heart of the Madrid midfield and will be sorely missed in Saturday’s game. Centre-back Pepe too, is still sidelined with a knee knock picked up against Espanyol last weekend.

In the press conference before the game, manager Zinedine Zidane said (via ESPN):

“We always have injuries to deal with. We do not want it to happen, but this forms part of football, it happens in all squads.

“It does not worry me. The injuries hurt the player, and the team, but I have players who can replace them very well. There will be moments in the season which are a bit more difficult, with more injuries, and we must be ready to take decisions and manage this.”

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