Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has been diagnosed with a metatarsal fracture that will see him sidelined for at least six weeks, meaning in all probability he will not be available to Zinedine Zidane until after the winter break.
Kroos picked up the injury during Real’s victory over Leganés at the weekend and underwent tests in Germany, where he was due to join up with Joachim Löw’s squad, under the supervision of Real Madrid’s medical staff.
Kroos will miss Madrid derby and Clásico
The club released a statement on Tuesday confirming the injury, which will rule Kroos out of the Madrid derby against Atlético at the Calderón, the Clásico at Camp Nou and the Club World Cup, where Real will start their campaign in the semi-finals on December 15.
The midfielder, who has been filling in for the injured Casemiro in the holding role, will also be asbent for the Champions League matches against Sporting Lisbon and Borussia Dortmund, which will go some way to deciding whether the Bundesliga club or Madrid finish top of Group F and therefore secure a theoretically more favourable draw for the last 16.
Real have yet to qualify mathematically for the knock-out stages of Europe’s elite club competition, which they will do if they secure at least a point when they visit the José Alvalade stadium.
Real Madrid’s fixture list until the end of the year
Saturday November 19: Atlético Madrid (away)
Saturday November 26: Sporting Gijón (home)
Saturday December 3: Barcelona (away)
Saturday December 10: Deportivo (home)
Tuesday November 22: Sporting Lisbon (away)
Wednesday December 7: Borussia Dortmund (home)
Club World Cup (the final is scheduled for December 18)
Thursday 15 December: semi-finals
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