Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has a tear of the proximal rectus femoris tendon – a muscle in his left thigh – and AS have reported that the Croatian will miss up to four months of the season.
The former Tottenham Hotspur star has been an instrumental figure in Real Madrid’s resurgence under Carlo Ancelotti, and his burgeoning partnership with Toni Kroos at the base of the club’s midfield is arguably the best in world football at present.
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“I felt a very strong pain in the upper part of my thigh,” revealed Modric after sustaining the blow on international duty with his country.
“It still hurts. It is a shame, but football is like that.”
Modric will likely return in February 2015, missing up to 20 games for Los Meringues. In his absence, Real Madrid will depend on the likes of Sami Khedira, Asier Illarramendi or the more attacking option of Isco.
In an AS fan poll on who should replace Modric, Isco took close to 70% of the vote, with Illarramendi and Khedira receiving 15% each.