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Madrid defender Pepe injured before season opener

August 8, 2015

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid defender Pepe has injured his right leg two weeks before his team’s first game of the season.

Madrid says Pepe injured a muscle in his right leg during its 1-0 loss at Bayern Munich in a friendly on Wednesday.

Madrid was also missing stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for that preseason match.

Ronaldo is expected to recover from back pain soon, but a right thigh injury has left Benzema also in doubt for the Spanish league opener on Aug. 23 at promoted club Sporting Gijon.

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