Real Madrid continued their mini revival as they racked up another three points in La Liga with a 3-1 win over Malaga, though not all was well at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium at the full-time whistle.
If former Tottenham idol Gareth Bale picking up a knock wasn’t bad enough, Carlo Ancelotti’s men will now have to make do over the next six weeks without influential midfielder Luka Modric, AS report.
The ex-Spurs ace has spent much of the past few months on the side-lines nursing a long-term injury picked up last November, and his side suffered as a result.
Many observers in the Spanish capital labelled Madrid’s previous form nothing short of disastrous, but Modric’s return to the XI coincided with four straight La Liga wins, including a telling 9-1 win over Granada.
However, during the second-half of Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Malaga, the Croatian midfielder had to depart to the concern of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd after injuring his knee competing for a challenge.
According to the Spanish publication AS, the problem is a ligament strain in his right knee and as per the initial medical exams and prognosticates, Modric will be out of action for around six weeks.
His absence will of course coincide with Los Blancos’ upcoming Champions League quarter-final second-leg with Atletico Madrid, and will rule him out of the semi-finals should his side progress.
It’s a bitter blow for the La Liga giants, and his injury could also affect a number of Spurs’ Premier League rivals interested in Aiser Illarramendi as the Spanish youngster is likely to be his replacement.