Real Madrid have been handed a major blow as Luka Modric will not be available for selection when the Galacticos host Levante at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday.
The Real Madrid midfielder was taken off at half-time in the European Cup qualifying home game against Bulgaria which was played behind closed doors as a precaution with the home side winning 3-0 on Saturday.
Following a series of scans, the Croatian Football Federation confirmed that the playermaker had suffered a minor thigh injury. Croatia’s doctor, Boris Nemea, said that:
“Luka underwent an NMR scan which picked up some swelling. He won’t be fit for the Malta game”. Nemea is quoted as saying on Marca.
Croatia boss, Ante Cacic in a post-match reaction revealed Modric felt some pain in his thigh and so he did not want to take any risks. That is why he was substituted at half-time.
The injury means Real Madrid now the Croat and Karim Benzema on the treatment table but it is believed Modric will be back in time to face PSG in the Champions League.