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Real Madrid defender Pepe out for 2-3 weeks

Real Madrid defender Pepe out for 2-3 weeks

Real Madrid defender Pepe will be out for 2-3 weeks after tearing a right thigh muscle during training Thursday.
The injury occurred the day the Brazilian-born center back was called up for the first time by Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Pepe, who recently took Portuguese nationality, will now miss Portugal's two European Championship qualifiers against Poland on Sept. 8 and Serbia four days later.
Madrid said Pepe will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, to have his injury checked by the national team's medical staff.
The 24-year-old defender will be ruled out of Madrid's league game with Villarreal this weekend. He may also miss the team's following game against Almeria on Sept. 16.
Pepe, whose full name is Kepler Laveran Lima Ferreira, joined Madrid from FC Porto in July for a fee of euro30 million (US$41 million).
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