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StoriesPhilippe Coutinho How Brazil's humble attacker became the critical piece in Tite's jigsaw

Atletico Madrid defender Felipe Luis replaced Marcelo against Serbia and he will get the nod again as attention switches to knockout competition.

According to ESPN FC, a soft mattress may be behind the back injury that forced Brazil left-back Marcelo out of his country's 2-0 victory over Serbia, per the team's medical personnel.

Brazil will face Mexico next in the round-of-16 Monday.

Marcelo's exit marks the latest in a Brazil side beset by injuries for this World Cup. "Although our expectation is good, but we have to be calm and wait for the next few days", Dr Lasmar was quoted.

"Marcelo is medicated and with medication the tendency is that the response is good and that he can play", he said. The important thing is that there is no injury.

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However the 30-year-old could still play a part as he returned to training ahead of Monday's last 16 clash. There is no recovery period.

Brazil has faced questions about whether the spate of player injuries has come from excessive training.

"But overall he's a terrific footballer and I have to think if he's saying that he's got a bad back because of a soft bed, I'm going to believe him".

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