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Madrid defender Pepe injures leg two weeks before new season

MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 05: Pepe of Real Madrid sits injured on the pitch during the Audi Cup 2015 match between FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at Allianz Arena on August 5, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 05: Pepe of Real Madrid sits injured on the pitch during the Audi Cup 2015 match between FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at Allianz Arena on August 5, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

MADRID --

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.

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