Marcelo ‘being blocked from Chelsea return leg’ over polling station clash

Real Madrid defender Marcelo could miss his side's Champions League semi-final second leg at Chelsea having been selected to work at a polling station during a regional election next Tuesday.

The Brazilian full-back will be expected to monitor elections the day before the return leg at Stamford Bridge and will not be able to travel with the rest of the squad due to coronavirus travel restrictions, according to a report by El Mundo.

Despite being born in Brazil, Marcelo occupied Spanish nationality in 2011 due to the La Liga rule which states that clubs can only include three non-EU players in matchday squads.

All Spanish nationals on the electoral register are eligible to be called up to work at polling stations, for which they are paid £56 and require mitigating circumstances to be excused.

Fellow Madrid teammate Victor Chust, who is currently injured, has also been selected to work during the election.

El Mundo claim that Real have appealed to the Electoral Commission but the request was denied, though this is not the first time a situation such as this has occurred.

Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez was named on a reserve list to work during a general election in 2019 but was excused as his side were playing Athletic Bilbao on voting day.

Athletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams had the same issue when selected to work in 2015, which clashed with a match against Levante. He was also granted permission to play in the match.

Madrid are expected to be without the injured Ferland Mendy for next week's crucial Champions League semi-final second leg, meaning the loss of Marcelo would come as a bitter blow for Zinedine Zidane.

The tie is nicely poised ahead of the return leg after a 1-1 draw in Madrid. Manchester City or PSG will await the winners in the final of the competition.

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