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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil star Marta is optimistic she will fully recover from a left thigh injury before the women's World Cup starts in France next month.
Speaking for the first time since was injured in training in Portugal last Friday, the 33-year-old Marta said in a video released by Brazil's football confederation that she expects to return to action "very soon."
The confederation said Saturday that Marta had suffered a left thigh muscle injury and would need need physical therapy for a week before undertaking another fitness test.
The Women's World Cup starts on June 7 in France.
Marta has won the award for world's best women's player six times.
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