Real Madrid has reported that a broken leg has been suffered by Uruguayan midfielder Federico Valverde.
Before being replaced by Toni Kroos, Valverde played 76 minutes of the La Liga clash against Valencia at Mestalla on Sunday.
With Carlos Soler scoring a hat-trick of penalties for the hosts, the Blancos ended up losing the match 4-1, falling to fourth in the Spanish top flight in the process. In the 23rd minute, Karim Benzema opened the scoring, but the visitors fell apart after that, with Raphael Varane’s own goal compounding a miserable evening for the men of Zinedine Zidane.
Madrid has now confirmed that during the weekend fixture, Valverde suffered a serious injury that could see him sidelined for a considerable amount of time, but did not provide a clear timeline for his rehabilitation.
A statement on their official website reads: “After tests carried out by Real Madrid Medical Services on our player, Federico Valverde, he was diagnosed with a fracture of the posterior tibial bone in his right leg.”
“His regeneration will have to be tested.”
At the beginning of the season, Valverde played a key role in Zidane’s set-up, scoring three goals in 11 matches in all competitions, and has now firmly established himself as one of the squad’s most consistent members.