La Liga: Real Madrid suffer blow as Toni Kroos to be sidelined with knee injury

Kroos will miss Sunday's La Liga game away at Betis, with the versatile Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic a contender to take his place in the team.

AFP February 16, 2018 19:59:56 IST
La Liga: Real Madrid suffer blow as Toni Kroos to be sidelined with knee injury

Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos faces a spell on the sidelines after his club confirmed on Friday that he had picked up a knee injury.

La Liga Real Madrid suffer blow as Toni Kroos to be sidelined with knee injury

File image of Real Madrid's Toni Kroos. AFP

"Following tests carried out on Toni Kroos...he has been diagnosed with a sprain to the exterior lateral ligament in the left knee. His recovery will continue to be assessed," Real said in a statement on their website.

While Real did not say how long the 28-year-old German would be out for, they will hope to have him back in time for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie away to Paris Saint-Germain on 6 March.

Kroos played the full 90 minutes of Wednesday's first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, which Zinedine Zidane's side won 3-1, although Spanish media said he picked up the injury in that game in a challenge with PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

He will miss Sunday's La Liga game away at Betis, with the versatile Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic a contender to take his place in the team.

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