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Valbuena injury boost for Marseille

Marseille have been given a fitness boost over French midfielder Mathieu Valbuena after they revealed he has not been seriously injured.

Valbuena limped out of training on Wednesday, having only just recovered from a knee injury that had seen him on the sidelines for more than a month.

However, the midfielder should be back in training within the next few days and the French club remain hopeful that he will return for the Champions League last-16 second leg against Manchester United on March 15.

"The medical staff were quickly reassured by the initial medical exam and then by the MRI scan carried out in the afternoon," read a statement on the club's official website. ''(Valbuena) will probably return to training with the squad within 48 hours."

Valbuena, who has scored three goals for Marseille this season, returned from his most recent injury in the first leg against United at the Stade Velodrome last week and impressed during his ten-minute cameo.

Marseille's open training session on Wednesday was a particularly eventful one, with much-maligned striker Brandao suffering abuse from watching fans.

The Brazilian, who has scored just one Ligue 1 goal this season, was subjected to taunts of "catastrophic" and responded angrily - telling the supporters to "shut up" before resuming training, according to l'Equipe.


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