There has been an injury blow for Real Madrid as influential midfielder Toni Kroos has suffered a knee injury that could keep him on the sidelines for a while. It is suspected that the Germany international has knee ligament damage, which will give Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane an unwanted selection headache.
Kroos missed out on the trip to Betis for the crucial La Liga contest, but the specific length of time for the injury is not yet known. A lot will depend on how well the player himself can recover from this setback and just how bad the damage actually is.
The player is said to have suffered the injury during the first half of the brilliant 3-1 win against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night. That result has given Los Blancos a crucial advantage in the last 16 tie, with the second leg coming up in a few weeks time.
It remains to be seen whether or not Toni Kroos will be back for that second leg. The fact that he picked up the injury in the first half of the match and still went on to play 90 minutes says it all about the character of the player. We just have to hope that he hasn’t made the damage any worse than it already was.
Regarding the injury, a statement on the official Real Madrid website had this to say:
“Following tests carried out on Toni Kroos by the Sanitas Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a sprained to the exterior lateral ligament in the left knee,”
“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
Kroos has scored four goals and given seven assists so far this season in his 29 appearances, so his presence will be missed for however long he is out.