Setback : Real Madrid midfielder is a major doubt for El Clasico


Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a broken foot, the club confirmed.

The 26-year-old endured a hairline fracture in his fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during Madrid’s 3-0 win over Leganes at the Bernabeu on Sunday. The injury was just analyzed after he had joined with his national team ahead of their World Cup Qualifier with tests done under the supervision of his club’s doctors. The Real Madrid will miss all the Germany’s upcoming fixture this year. Also Kroos’ hopes of playing in  FIFA Club World Cup campaign with Madrid’s,  also look to have been ended, which starts on December 15.

The Germany international has been a regular member for the Spanish giants under Zinedine Zidane, playing each of the minutes of Madrid’s last 11 matches in all competitions.

The usual recovery time period for a metatarsal crack is two months, leaving Kroos set to miss the forthcoming derby with city rivals Atletico Madrid and practically sure to be out of the El Clasico with Barcelona one month from now, alongside Champions League fixtures against Borussia Dortmund and Sporting CP.

“After tests carried out in Germany on our player Toni Kroos, under the supervision of Madrid’s medical services, an avulsion fracture was diagnosed at the base of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, which occurred during the last Liga game against Leganes.”

“His return depends on his recovery,”  the statement said.

Kroos will be the third notable player who suffered a long-term injury as Marcelo and attacker James Rodriguez both were out for around two months, with Casemiro having not played since breaking his leg against Espanyol in September, Zidane is now short of options in midfield. It seems in the absence of Kroos and Casemiro, Croatian international Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic will fill the void.

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