Luka Modric looks set to miss the next few matches for Real Madrid with a hamstring injury. The midfielder last played 63 minutes for the club during a shock LaLiga defeat to Girona on Tuesday. Modric has not trained with his teammates since the match. The Spanish giants have confirmed Modric is dealing with a knock.
“Following tests carried out on Luka Modrić by the Real Madrid Medical Services, an injury to the back of his left thigh has been diagnosed,” the club said. “His progress will be monitored.”
Ancelotti confirms worries over star midfielder
Along with the club statement, current Real manager Carlo Ancelotti also discussed the setback with reporters on Friday. “[Modric] has a slight injury. We’re monitoring it,” Ancelotti said in a press conference on Friday. “I don’t know if he’ll be back for the cup final. We have to assess it. It hurts, but it can happen. Let’s hope he recovers.”
Real next plays two LaLiga matches before the Copa del Rey Final on May 6th. They first face Almeria on Saturday before traveling to play Real Sociedad next Tuesday. Ancelotti’s comments certainly appear to rule Modric out for these two top-flight games. Real is currently 11 points behind rivals Barcelona in the LaLiga standings.
Modric could also miss Man City matchup with injury
Not only does the club have a major cup final ahead, but they also have the tough task of facing Manchester City in the Champions League. The first leg of the semifinal matchup is just three days after the Copa del Rey Final. This timeframe makes Modric a doubt for the City game as well.
Ancelotti acknowledged this in the press conference as well. “We’ll probably have to replace both [the suspended Eder Militao and Modric] in the Champions League first leg,” claimed the coach. “Militao, for sure. Let’s hope not Modric.”
Real fans did receive a bit of good news on the injury front though. Thibaut Courtois and Karim Benzema both returned to training after missing the Girona match. The duo should be ready to play this weekend.
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