Real Madrid are still finding it hard to catch a break, with injuries consistently proving to be a thorn in their side.
Despite battering Cadiz most recently in La Liga with a 3-0 triumph, Luka Modric had to be substituted due to discomfort in his left hip.
The Croatian enjoyed a great performance after being handed a rare start for the club. He was seen pulling the strings in midfield and ended up producing an assist for Rodrygo.
As such, his injury proved to be a concerning sight. While initial reports downplayed the severity of the injury, with claims that he would be back in time to play Napoli, it appears Modric is facing more time out on the sidelines than expected.
Modric will be out for some time
Indeed, according to Miguel Ángel Díaz (h/t Madrid Xtra), it is unlikely that Luka Modric will be ready for the game against Granada on Saturday.
In addition to Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga, two other midfielders who are not expected to return until 2024, Modric is also set to spend time recovering on the sidelines.
Not having the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner tonight against Napoli would not be as great a blow, considering the Merengues have already secured qualification to the next round of the Champions League.
Even so, given Carlo Ancelotti is already shorthanded in midfield, Modric’s absence against Granada does induce worry.
Although Los Blancos are currently leading in La Liga, they are tied on points with Girona and are closely followed by Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Thus, any slip-ups cannot be afforded, and losing out on the wisened figure of Modric comes across as a blow amid this injury crisis.
Still, Modric’s injury does not appear to be a long-term issue. The 38-year-old will be back sooner rather than later, and grinding out a win against 19th-placed Granada on home soil should be a very doable task even without the presence of Modric.
Real Madrid future star Endrick set for his Santiago Bernabeu debut when Brazil face Spain
A while ago, Brazil manager Dorival Junior announced the squad list for the Selecao’s upcoming friendly encounters against England and Spain. And three Real Madrid players made the cut.
As one would expect, both Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes were included on the squad list by the new manager of the Brazil national team.
Along with the pair, teenage wonderkid Endrick, who will be arriving at Real Madrid in the summer, was also named in the squad.
The 17-year-old striker was signed by Los Blancos in December 2022, but he had to stay back at his boyhood club Palmeiras as he cannot move to Europe until he turns 18, which will happen this summer.
LISTA DEFINIDA! 📄✅— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) March 1, 2024
Dorival Júnior anunciou hoje sua primeira convocação à frente da Seleção Brasileira! São 26 atletas que vão representar a Amarelinha nos amistosos contra Inglaterra e Espanha nos dias 23 e 26 de março, respectivamente.
Pra cima, Brasil! 💚💛 pic.twitter.com/zGGgm2kW4B
But even before he ends up at Real Madrid, Endrick is set to make his debut at the Santiago Bernabeu as Brazil play Spain at the Merengues’ home ground on March 26.
It will be a huge occasion for the teenage sensation and if he gets any minutes on the night from the manager, Endrick would very likely receive a special welcome at his future home.
Before that, though, the teenage sensation would come face-to-face with his future Real Madrid teammate, Jude Bellingham, with Brazil facing England at the Wembley Stadium on March 23.