SOCHI Russia (Xinhua) --
Brazil have received a boost ahead of their round
of 16 duel with Mexico with news that defender Marcelo is
expected to play after overcoming a back problem.
The Real Madrid
left-back was forced off in the 10th minute of
Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia on Wednesday after suffering a
Brazil team doctor
Rodrigo Lasmar said the 30-year-old is making encouraging
progress as he undergoes daily physiotherapy at the team’s Sochi
“We are going to
observe him a little more to see how he is in the next 24
hours,” Lasmar told reporters on Friday.
Monday’s clash in
Samara will be the fifth time that Brazil and Mexico have met in
the World Cup finals. Brazil have won three of the teams’
previous encounters and there has been one draw.