Real Madrid has been left counting the cost of the international break after a number of its players reported back with injuries, notably left-backs Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao.
Brazil's Marcelo broke a metatarsal while training for his country's friendly against
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The issues facing Marcelo are different as he embarks on a recovery process expected to take several months, but he remains in good spirits.
The 24-year-old told Realmadrid.com: "I am so happy to get all these messages supporting me from the fans. I had no idea so many people cared so much about me and I am really grateful to everyone.
"I want to make a full recovery so that I can bring more joy to the fans. I am going to do everything properly to return to play with the team.
"This is not enough to get anyone down, least of all me. It's happened, I can't change it but now I have to work hard to get back to playing.
"At first I was a little glum, but when I got home and saw my wife and child I felt a lot better. These things happen and you have to keep your chin up and keep going. I hope this will be the first and the last time it happens."
Atletico Madrid general manager Miguel Angel Gil Marin says the club will not try to prevent striker Radamel Falcao from leaving the club if he wants to this off-season.