Real Madrid’s victory against Valencia via penalty shootouts in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup came at a cost as several of their players picked up knocks and injuries.
Eder Militao suffered a blow to the head that left him dizzy and was taken off, while Lucas Vazquez also had to come off with an ankle sprain which has potentially ruled him out for the final this weekend. Federico Valverde also sustained knocks but is expected to be fit and available.
However, the same cannot be said of fellow midfielder Eduardo Camavinga. The 20-year-old, who was handed a rare start on Wednesday, had to come off at half-time due to a knock to the knee.
And, now MARCA is reporting that the French international midfielder will need to rest after his fitness problem which could lead to him missing the finals of the Spanish Super Cup.
Camavinga was spotted icing his knee soon after his substitution and the midfielder, along with the aforementioned duo of Vazquez and Militao were subjected to medical tests today.
As per the report, the youngster will need to rest with there being some serious doubt within the Real Madrid camp over his availability for the finals later this week.
This will come as a blow for Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti, who are already without Aurelien Tchouameni, who is sidelined for three weeks due to muscular discomfort.
With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric clocking a lot of minutes and Valverde also sustaining knocks, Ancelotti has a headache when it comes to his options in the middle of the park for the final later this week.
As for Vazquez and Militao, an update on their situation is awaited, although the sensations surrounding the latter’s condition are positive as things stand.
After securing a hard-fought victory over Valencia, Real Madrid will face either Barcelona or Real Betis in the finals.
Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”
Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.
Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.
The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.
But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.
“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.
Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.
The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.
Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.