Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata suffers injury setback, ruled out for Atletico clash
Real Madrid suffered a major injury setback with the loss of striker Alvaro Morata to a hamstring problem.
Madrid: Real Madrid suffered a major injury setback on Thursday with the loss of striker Alvaro Morata to a hamstring problem with the vital football derbies against local rivals Atletico and traditional foes FC Barcelona just around the corner.
The club has confirmed Morata suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Spain against England on Tuesday night and that he could be out of action for up to a month, reports Xinhua.
The official Real Madrid website said the striker has a "grade 2" muscle tear, that means he will miss Saturday's Atletico match as well as the vital Champions League trip to face Portugal's Sporting Lisbon the following week.
Real Madrid then play Sporting Gijon in La Liga and have the return of their King's Cup tie against Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa before the trip to Barcelona on 3 December.
Morata has been in fine form since returning to Madrid from Italy's Juventus this season, scoring eight goals.
His injury comes with the club also suffering the loss of midfielder Tony Kroos with a broken bone in his foot, while regulars Pepe, Benzema and Casemiro are all doubts for the Atletico game.
The team was jeered by many of the 27,000 fans at Camp Nou Stadium after the final whistle, and it didn't take long before critics started to attack coach Ronald Koeman for relinquishing the club's traditional passing game.
Ronald Koeman is adamant Barcelona will be better soon but he heads to Granada in La Liga on Monday under pressure, with his team accused not just of losing but of losing their identity.
Madrid reached the semi-finals last season but were resoundingly beaten by Chelsea, whose 3-1 win on aggregate would have been more emphatic had they not missed a cluster of chances in the second leg.