Real Madrid: Kroos injury is an odd one; no-one saw it coming

Real Madrid's announcement that Toni Kroos has a knee ligament sprain came as something of a surprise. Los Blancos didn't train on Thursday and Kroos was absent from the next day's session; this offers a clear indication that the injury must have occurred in the Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.

Kroos injury appears to only be a light sprain

Yet at no point during Wednesday's last-16 first leg did Kroos show any signs that he was suffering from pain in the knee - a state of affairs that strongly suggests it is no more than a light sprain that wasn't going to prevent the German midfielder from lasting until the final whistle.

Real Madrid man should be fit within two weeks

Normally, a sprain to the lateral collateral ligament, situated on the outside of the knee, is more complicated than, say, sustaining such an injury to the medial collateral ligament, which is on the inside.

But in Kroos's case, what appears to be a light sprain won't require immobilisation, or a knee brace or guard. A relatively short period of rest, plus some physiotherapy, ought to have the issue clearing up after ten days to a fortnight.

He can then expect to be back out on the pitch and firing on all cylinders.