Soccer

Madrid defender Pepe injured before season opener

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.

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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.