In a major blow for Real Madrid, AS is reporting that midfielder Eduardo Camavinga could be out for eight weeks due to a knee injury.
Camavinga, 21, suffered a knee injury while on national team duty with France on Wednesday night when he clashed with former Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele during a training session.
Even though initial reports suggested that there was nothing serious about the midfielder’s condition, more tests raised concerns and it was soon decided that he would leave the national team camp and return to Real Madrid.
Eight weeks on the sidelines
There were concerns raised about Camavinga’s condition due to the pain he felt and the restriction in movement in his knee last night.
Tests revealed that he had sustained a sprain in his knee as confirmed by the France Football Federation, who have called up Khephren Thuram to replace the 21-year-old in the squad.
“Eduardo Camavinga, who had to cut short Wednesday’s training session, underwent an examination in the afternoon, accompanied by Dr. Franck Le Gall, the French national team doctor. The Real Madrid midfielder has a sprained right knee. Today, he was released back to his club,” the FFF confirmed.
Now, AS is reporting that Camavinga could be out for a period of eight weeks, which would be a major blow for Real Madrid.
It would essentially mean that the 21-year-old will be ruled out for the remainder of 2023 and return only in the new year.
More tests in Madrid
Camavinga is expected to undergo more tests and scans either this afternoon or tomorrow at Real Madrid, following which a clearer picture of his condition should emerge.
But initial signs indicate that the 21-year-old star could be out for more than a month, possibly up to eight weeks.
With Aurelien Tchouameni already out with an injury, Camavinga’s situation comes as a major concern for Real Madrid.
It could, however, open the doors for Toni Kroos and Luka Modric to get more minutes in the upcoming matches.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.