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Barcelona midfielder sends message to Toni Kroos after ankle injury in Euros

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Despite Spain’s success over Germany, Barcelona midfielder Pedri’s campaign came to a disappointing end after he picked up an ankle injury in the quarterfinal.

Pedri was the subject of a rash challenge by now-retired Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. The injury ruled him out of Euro 2024 and could reportedly keep him on the sidelines for at least six weeks.

Kroos was quick to issue an apology to Pedri, who has had his fair share of injury problems in the past. This latest blow could take a further toll on his mental state.

Pedri’s message to Kroos

In a recent Instagram post, Pedri has finally issued a response to Kroos’ message, showcasing brilliant sportsmanship.

Pedri refused to blame the German international and called the unfortunate incident a part and parcel of professional football.

“Thank you Toni Kroos for your message. This is football and these things happen. Your career and your record remain forever,” Pedri wrote in his Instagram post.

While Pedri’s absence from Euro 2024 is a loss for Spain, his positive attitude is a boost to team morale.

His message for Kroos, meanwhile, could serve as a sigh of relief for the German midfielder, who would have wanted his final professional game to end differently.

Looking ahead, Pedri’s focus will shift to recovery. Six weeks on the sidelines is a significant setback, but the midfielder will be hopeful of being available for Barcelona at the start of the new season.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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