Real Madrid star Marcelo will be available to face Chelsea after all – since an elderly lady stepped in to excuse him from electoral duty.
As a Spanish citizen, the Brazil veteran had been called up 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 Electoral Commission rejected and the 32-year-old reported for electoral duty at 8.30am on Tuesday.
However, according to Spanish outlet La Sexta, an elderly lady who was ‘second substitute’ stepped in to replace Marcelo just in time.
The full-back subsequently made a last-minute dash to join up with his Madrid teammates, who were departing for London at 10.30am.
Indeed, Marcelo was pictured alongside his colleagues as Madrid touched down in London, confirming his arrival.
His efforts might yet be in vain amid reports Ferland Mendy could return in time for the Chelsea match.
Marcelo, who has only made 17 appearances this season, struggled against Christian Pulisic during the first leg against the Blues last week, which ended 1-1.
Meanwhile, Madrid could also be boosted by the return of Sergio Ramos, but have suffered fresh injury blows to Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane.