Marcelo: injured Real Madrid defender in message to fans

The left-back, who suffered a calf strain against Villarreal in midweek, was in positive mood as he took to social media on Friday.

Marcelo: injured Real Madrid defender in message to fans

Full-back Marcelo has taken to social media to send an upbeat message to the Real Madrid fans after being crocked by a calf injury.

Sidelined by strain

Madrid confirmed on Friday that the Brazilian suffered a grade 2 soleus strain in Wednesday's 1-1 LaLiga draw with Villarreal.

Marcelo comes off injured against Villarreal.

The 28-year-old defender is set to miss Real's next three games, as well as Brazil's upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

And in a post on his Twitter profile - accompanied by a picture of himself with his thumbs up - he wrote: "Already working to come back firing on all cylinders!!!"

Back after international week

He is expected to reappear after the international break, with Real's medical staff pencilling in his return for the league clash at Real Betis on 15 October.