Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is the latest player to fall to the club’s recent injury curse after sustaining a thigh problem.
It is set to rule him out of the club’s Champions League opener away to Paris Saint-Germain next week.
Modric had been away with Croatia over the recent break, playing every minute of his side’s 4-0 victory over Slovakia and subsequent 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan as the Blazers moved to the top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group.
The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner did not train with Real Madrid yesterday after returning from international duty with Croatia and the club released a brief statement saying he had injured his right adductor, without stating how long he would be out.
“Following the tests carried out on our player Luka Modric by Real Madrid’s medical department, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury to the adductor in his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed”, Real Madrid said in a statement.
Modric’s injury takes Marid’s list of injured players up to eight ahead of tomorrow’s game at home to Levante. Coach Zinedine Zidane will have a selection headache, with Gareth Bale suspended after getting sent off in last week’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal.
Marquee signing Eden Hazard is still yet to make his competitive debut since his €100 million move from Chelsea due to injury, while James Rodriguez, Isco, Brahim Diaz, Rodrygo, Luka Jovic and Marco Asensio are also still unavailable.