More bad news for Zinedine Zidane. Mateo Kovacic had to leave the pitch in the Champions League game against APOEL in the first half and the player couldn’t resist to cry. His impressions were right because the Croatian midfielder is suffering a serious injury and he will be out of the pitch two months.
At least the player will avoid to have surgery because he suffered a partial tear, so he’ll have to rest at home. Kovacic was substituted by Toni Kroos, who was resting after playing all the games of the season. Kovacic had made good performances in the games he was able to participate.
“Following the tests carried out on Mateo Kovacic in the Sanitas la Moraleja University Hospital, the player has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the adductor muscle tendon in his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed”, said the medical report published in Real Madrid website.
After Karim Benzema’s injury, Zinedine Zidane suffers another blow at the beginning of the season. Luckily, Real Madrid have more quality players in the midfield, so the Croatian footballer can be replaced with guarantees. For instance, Dani Ceballos played some good minutes against APOEL and he should be ready to enjoy more minutes in the squad.
The 23-year-old midfielder played 27 games last season, so he was a very important part of the team to win La Liga. Kovacic knows that the competence in that position is very high, so he might lose importance in the squad when he’s back, in the month of November.
Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are the owners of the midfield, but Kovacic is always the first substitute. Now, there will be space for Marcos Llorente and Dani Ceballos. Besides, Isco can also play in this position if Zidane decides to put a more offensive team in the pitch.