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Real Madrid's Camavinga leaves France U-21 camp due to prevailing foot injury

Eduardo Camavinga is still suffering from a foot injury he sustained in Real Madrid's league game against Espanyol and has left France's U-21 camp as a result.

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Eduardo Camavinga.
AFP7 vía Europa Press

Eduardo Camavinga has left the France Under-21 camp and returned to Madrid after failing to overcome the injury he suffered in Real Madrid’s last league game against Espanyol.

After being forced off at half time in the 2-1 defeat at Espanyol, the 18-year-old Frenchman is still suffering with strong bruising on the inside of his left foot, an injury which prevented him from playing against Ukraine last Friday and which has also ruled him out for France's clash with Serbia in Belgrade on Tuesday.

The final decision to send Camavinga back to Madrid was made on Saturday afternoon after he was examined by French Federation doctors, who found him to be still in a lot of pain in the area around the bruising.

Camavinga returns to care of Real Madrid medics

He will now be under the care of Real Madrid’s medical team, who have been in constant contact with him throughout the week during his time at French camp.

While not a major injury, it is an aggravating issue which has come at a decisive stage of the season. It is an area of the foot that is in permanent contact with the ball and more so in the case of Camavinga, who is left footed. Therefore, until the pain is completely gone, it will be very uncomfortable for him to play again.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will hope to have Eduardo Camavinga back for the decisive upcoming fixtures against Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona.

Two decisive games ahead for Real Madrid

The good news for Carlo Ancelotti is that Madrid will not play again until Tuesday 19 October, when they travel to face Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League matchday three. LaLiga has decided to postpone the match scheduled for next Saturday 17 October between Madrid and Athletic Bilbao to allow time for the returning South American internationals to rest following international duty with their respective countries.

Having Camavinga back next week will be crucial for Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, given the clash with Shakhtar is now a decisive one after Los Blancos’ slip-up against Sheriff at the Bernabéu in the matchday two of the Champions League.

After that, of course, is the decisive Clásico against Barcelona -- two games for which Ancelotti will want the young Frenchman, who has been a key figure for the Italian coach following his arrival from Rennes at the end of August.