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Friday 8. February 2019 - 09:01

Real Madrid handed tough injury blow right after El Clásico

One of Solari's 'findings' will have to watch the team battle for survival against Barcelona and in the UEFA Champions League.

Just when Real Madrid's medical staff believed they had earned themselves a break, one more footballer will require assistance to recover from an injury.

This week, Jesús Vallejo, Mariano, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio were all declared fit to play for Los Blancos, with the Welshman and Asensio taking part of Wednesday's Clásico against Barcelona. Unfortunately for coach Santiago Solari, midfielder Marcos Llorente will be out for the next three weeks after picking up a thigh injury against Los Blaugranas.

The player will continue to be assessed by the team's doctors, according to a press release issued on their website.

Llorente has shown impressive form whenever he's been used by Solari, especially during the FIFA Club World Cup, where he scored a great goal in the tournament's final. He did so as well in last week's Copa clash against Girona after spending some time on the sidelines, and now, he will have to fight back to fitness after this setback.

The footballer will be sorely missed during a busy season for Real Madrid, since Llorente could end up missing up to six games in all competitions. Los Blancos are scheduled to play against Atlético (Feb.9), Ajax (Feb. 13), Girona (Feb. 17), Levante (Feb. 24), and Barcelona twice in four days (February 27 and March 2). Needless to say, Solari will not be able to rotate Casemiro out of his starting lineups, which could eventually carry even more problems to the team's medical staff.

Provided by: Frank Henriksen
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