Real Madrid have confirmed that midfielder Federico Valverde suffered a fractured leg in Sunday’s 4-1 La Liga defeat by Valencia.
Valverde played 76 minutes of the game before being replaced by Toni Kroos with just under 15 minutes remaining. He has since been diagnosed with a fractured tibia in his right leg.
Valverde played 76 minutes of the 4-1 defeat against Valencia / Jose Jordan / Getty Images
Real’s medical staff will continue to assess the 22-year-old Uruguayan and the club has not given a timeframe for his recovery, but early estimates suggest an injury of this nature could keep him out for around a month.
That would immediately rule Valverde out of international duty with Uruguay for World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Brazil, as well as La Liga and Champions League games against Villa Real, Inter, Alaves, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla and perhaps Real games against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Five weeks from now, on December 13, Real will face city rivals Atletico in the Madrid derby.
Los Blancos also lost Karim Benzema in the defeat to Valencia with a suspected minor hamstring injury, while Casemiro and Eden Hazard were already missing after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Eden Hazard has tested positive for the coronavirus / Secret Images / Getty Images
Speaking after Valencia, which saw Carles Soler score a hat-trick of penalties, coach Zinedine Zidane shouldered the blame for the defeat, although he also questioned why Real’s withering after conceding. There is a repeating pattern this season.
“The fault is mine because I am the coach and I have to find a solution. But we played well for the first 30 minutes, and after the equaliser, the game changed completely. It’s happened to us many times and I don’t like it,” the coach said.
“After the goal we fell apart and the way we played changed. Everything happened to us: three penalties, an own goal. It’s hard to understand this match.
Zinedine Zidane accepts responsibility for defeat / Angel Martinez/Getty Images
“I don’t think Valencia is better than us tactically. The only thing is that we started well and after the goal everything changed. It’s hard to understand. But yes, the responsibility would have been on me. “We have to find a solution after that. They scored.”
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