Sevilla defender Marcao will miss the derby clash with Real Betis on Sunday and be out until after the World Cup after suffering a hamstring tear, the club confirmed Friday.
The Brazilian centre-back had to be replaced during the 3-1 Champions League defeat by Manchester City on Wednesday after suffering the injury.
“He will be out of action until after the World Cup,” said Sevilla in a statement.
Marcao has been one of the few bright spots for the Andalusians in a difficult season, with the team languishing in 18th place, in the relegation zone.
Jorge Sampaoli’s side visit rivals Real Betis on Sunday, who are fourth and enjoying a fine campaign.
The 26-year-old has not been capped by Brazil and would not have been expected to go to the Qatar World Cup, which starts on November 20.
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