Real Madrid star Marcelo will after all be available to face Chelsea – ever since an elderly lady stepped in to relieve him of his electoral duties.
As a Spanish citizen, the veteran Brazil was called in to monitor a polling station for today’s local election, which comes the day before Madrid’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge .
Los Blancos saw an appeal to the Election Commission rejected and the 32-year-old showed up at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
However, according to Spanish outlet La Sexta, an elderly lady who was a ‘second replacement’ stepped in to replace Marcelo just in time.
The full-back then made a last-minute swing to join his Madrid teammates, who were leaving for London at 10:30 am.
Indeed, Marcelo was pictured alongside his colleagues as Madrid landed in London, confirming his arrival.
His efforts could still be in vain amid reports that Ferland Mendy could return in time for the Chelsea game.
Marcelo, who has only made 17 appearances this season, battled Christian Pulisic in the first leg against Les Bleus last week, which ended 1-1.
Meanwhile, Madrid could also be drugged by the return of Sergio Ramos, but suffered further injuries to Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane.