Real Madrid’s injury crisis continues to go from bad to worse, with news that midfielder Isco has suffered a hamstring injury, via their official website.
The 27-year-old joins a long list of players in the treatment room, with the Sun reporting that Madrid currently have six attackers out injured.
Here’s what Madrid’s official website had to say about his injury:
“After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Isco has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right femoral biceps,” a club statement said.
The statement added that “his recovery will continue to be monitored”, but ESPN FC report that the Spaniard could be sidelined for around three weeks.
During his two league appearances thus far, the former Malaga man has made 2.5 key passes per game, which sees him rank fourth in the squad in that metric, so is clearly making a positive impact, making this a real blow.
Isco is now expected to miss Los Blancos’ clash against Villarreal this weekend, and will also be unavailable for Spain in their fixtures against Romania and the Faroe Islands during the forthcoming international break. At best, he could return to action for Madrid’s duel with Levante on September 14th.
The amount of muscle injuries these professional athletes are picking up so early on in the season is, quite frankly, alarming.
Although Madrid have been quick to say that it is not down to the training methods implemented by their new physical trainer (via ESPN), it does seem a little coincidental that all of these injuries are appearing just months after his arrival to the club; perhaps a change of training is needed to preserve the fully-fit squad members they have left.
Whatever the reason, Zidane really is being deprived of the use of some key players. Indeed, without them, even the likes of the previously outcast James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale have been used, which doesn’t look great considering the reports surrounding their potential exits this summer.
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