SOCHI: Brazil have received a boost ahead of their FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinal against 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 back spasm, reports Xinhua news agency.
Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said the 30-year-old is making encouraging progress as he undergoes daily physiotherapy at the team`s Sochi training base.
"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.