Modric facing up to three months out
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric could miss the next three months of action with a thigh injury sustained on international duty
The Croatian Football Federation confirmed the problem occurred for Modric half way through the first half of the nations fixture with Italy on Sunday.
Early reports claimed Modric would miss just three weeks, however a “tear of the left proximal rectus femoris tendon” means the former Tottenham man will miss a lengthier period.
“The Croatian national team and Real Madrid midfielder will be away from the football pitch for about three months after the injury sustained in the encounter between Italy and Croatia,” said a statement on the HNS website.
“Modric, in the 28th minute of the match at the San Siro, had to ask for a substitution after experiencing pain in the muscle, and MRI scans in Madrid showed that it was a serious injury.”
The news means Sami Khedira’s return to full fitness is well timed for Real Madrid, with Modric in superb form this season for the Champions League holders.