Marcelo feeling positive ahead of injury return

Real Madrid full-back Marcelo has returned to training but has refused to put a date on when he will be able to return to first team action for the club. The defender sustained a knee problem at the beginning of November which ended up keeping him out of Real’s 5-1 hammering of Real Sociedad the 5-0 victory against Almeria and Brazil’s friendlies against Honduras and Chile.

While Alvaro Arbeloa is a more than capable replacement for Marcelo, there is little doubt the club will be hoping to have their third captain back in the team as soon as possible. Marcelo has been a key member of this Real side since his arrival from Fluminese in 2007, and the 25-year old is desperate to get back to playing as soon as he can in order to help the club try and claw back Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

“There’s no fixed date but I’m training intensely and working hard to get back as soon as I can. I’m dying to get back to playing and helping the team. I have my mind set on recovering and getting back to giving the fans something to cheer.”

“Whenever we start a season we want to win everything that we are playing for and be very positive. Of course, we believe that this season will be a very good one,” admitted the Brazil international.

With much of the football betting already appearing to have this year’s La Liga title race sealed by Barcelona, there will be many Betfair customers rightly tempted to take a punt on Real to turn things around and make a charge after the winter break. Having a fully fit Marcelo could well be key to Real’s hopes of being ensuring Barcelona don’t run away with the title without any content.