After seeing him pick up a serious injury during a clash with Valencia, the Blancos could be without a key performer for a long period.
Real Madrid have confirmed that a broken leg has been suffered by Uruguayan midfielder Federico Valverde.
Before being replaced by Toni Kroos, Valverde played 76 minutes of the La Liga clash against Valencia at Mestalla on Sunday.
With Carlos Soler scoring a hat-trick of penalties for the hosts, the Blancos ended up losing the match 4-1, slipping to fourth in the Spanish top flight in the process.
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In the 23rd minute, Karim Benzema opened the scoring, but the visitors fell apart after that, with a Raphael Varane own goal compounding a miserable evening for the men of Zinedine Zidane.
Madrid have now revealed that during the weekend fixture, Valverde suffered a serious injury that could see him sidelined for a significant period of time, but did not offer a specific timeframe for his recovery.
A statement on their official website reads: “After tests carried out by Real Madrid Medical Services on our player, Federico Valverde, he was diagnosed with a fracture of the posterior tibial bone in his right leg.”
“His regeneration will continue to be evaluated.”
With Uruguay scheduled to face Colombia on Friday before coming up against Brazil four days later, the Blancos midfielder is almost certainly going to sit out his country’s next round of World Cup qualifiers.
At the start of the season, Valverde played a key role in Zidane’s set-up, scoring three goals in 11 matches in all competitions, and has now firmly established himself as one of the squad’s most reliable members.
The 22-year-old has impressed alongside Luka Modric in a holding role, but when they return to action after the international break, Madrid may have to do without a key performer.
After limping off late on against Valencia with an apparent hamstring strain, Benzema’s fitness could also be a cause for concern, while Eden Hazard and Casemiro missed the trip completely after testing positive for Covid-19.