Real Madrid's Kaka, Marcelo
and Alvaro Arbeloa have been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions
League game at Olympique Lyon, the nine-times European champions
said on their website on Tuesday.
The trio were not included in the Spanish club's 20-man
squad for the Group D clash due to minor muscle injuries.
Brazil playmaker Kaka has a bruised calf, his compatriot
Marcelo is suffering from a thigh problem and Arbeloa has an
"It's a bit curious because I had planned to rest them a bit
against Real Sociedad. Marcelo is unfortunately out although he
did not play in San Sebastian," coach Jose Mourinho told a news
conference on Tuesday.
"Kaka played only 15-20 minutes but he took a lot of knocks.
I knew it would be complicated for Kaka but it's more of a
surprise for Marcelo."
Mourinho said that Raul Albiol would play in defence and
will wear a mask to protect his face after he suffered an injury
during a training session with the Spanish national team last
Real, who crushed Lyon 4-0 at home two weeks ago, will
qualify for the first knockout round if they win at Stade de Gerland.
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