Luis in for Marcelo, Marquez handed first start against Brazil

Marcelo looked in pain

Marcelo looked in pain

Brazil is going out of its way to defend its World Cup preparations and show its players' injuries can't be blamed on excessive training.

Marcelo, who left early in the group stage finale against Serbia because of back spasms, is still uncertain for the match against Mexico.

The Brazilian national team ended the match against Serbia in such a composition: Alisson - Fagner, T. Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis - Fernandinho, Kazemiro, Renato Augusto - Willian, G. Jesus, Neimar.

Doctors will blame a soft mattress for an injury before admitting they made mistakes getting the players ready for the tournament in Russian Federation. Maybe the mattress in the hotel was softer than usual.

Brazil's team doctor said a soft mattress may to be blame for star Marcelo's back spasms. "We are optimistic he can be used in the game", Lasmar said. "He could not continue in the game, because his muscles became locked up".

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Brazil coach Tite said: "I only know that he had a problem with his back".

Brazil will face Mexico on July 2 in the round of 16 for the soccer World Cup. I know it was his back, more than that the doctor can explain.

Tite says he intends to copy positive aspects of the win over Serbia.

Brazil, who topped Group E in Russian Federation, face Mexico in the round of 16 on Monday.

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