Real Madrid have suffered a huge blow to their midfield ranks on Sunday.
Apart from the crushing 4-1 defeat to Valencia, Fede Valverde picked up a fracture and is set to miss quite a few games.
Los Blancos said on Monday, “Following tests carried out on our player, Federico Valverde, by Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a fracture in the posterior tibial bone in his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
This means that Valverde will not be joining up with Uruguay’s squad for the international games. He will also likely miss over six games for Real and return towards the end of the year.
Real are in a difficult spot, as evident from their last outing. They sit fourth in the table, four points adrift of leaders, Real Sociedad. Zinedine Zidane already is finding it hard to implement more creativity into his lineup. Isco has not found his form and Martin Odegaard is still adjusting to life at the Bernabeu.
Valverde’s energy and overall effort will be a miss, seeing how the rest are getting on. Luka Modric is in the twilight of his career and Casemiro continues to be inconsistent.