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Modric takes a trip to Serbian ‘miracle doctor’

The Croatian is in a race against time to be fit for Real Madrid’s Champions League clash against Manchester City at the Bernabeu and in Serbia looking for a ‘miracle cure’.

Luka Modric, jugador del Real Madrid.
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Luka Modric has travelled to the Serbian capital to see Marijana Kovacevic. The Belgrade based medic is commonly known as the “miracle doctor” as a result of having shortened injury periods for elite athletes in an unprecedented way. She worked her magic recently on tennis star Djokovic who was struggling with a muscular issue just weeks before the Australian Open, a tournament he proceeded to win. Serbian sports outlet Sportklub confirmed that the Real Madrid player traveled to Belgrade this weekend to see the doctor with the Croatian even hoping of being ready for the Seville Copa del Rey final on 6 May.

As things stand, Modric’s left leg hamstring issues sustained at Montilivi are set to see the midfielder miss the Spanish Cup final next Saturday. Despite the optimism emanating from the club, Ancelotti as good as admitted in Friday’s press conference that he is making plans for the final without Modric.

Luka Modric, con hielo en la pierna izquierda tras haber sido sustituido por Ancelotti en el Girona-Real Madrid disputado en Montilivi.
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Modric, with ice on his hamstrings, on the Montilivi bench.Captura TV | Movistar+ LaLiga TV

The approximate recovery time for a Grade I or II hamstring tear is around two-three weeks and as things stand, Modric would not only miss the Copa del Rey final but also be sidelined for the first leg of the 2022-23 Champions League semi-final as Madrid face Manchester City at the Bernabeu. The trip to visit Dr. Marijana Kovacevic is something of a desperate measure as the player tries to secure an earlier return to action.

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The Serbian secret

Doctor Kovacevic’s secret is apparently centred on a placenta cream which aids in the regeneration of damaged muscular tissue. An electro-magnetic process then uses a flow of high frequency electricity on damaged tissue during which the skin remains intact.