Real Madrid star suffers injury on international duty


Luka Jovic
MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 24: Luka Jovic of Real Madrid reacts at the final whistle during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Valladolid CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 24, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Real Madrid and Serbia striker Luka Jovic has been ruled out of his national team’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifier against Luxembourg due to an unspecified injury. 

As per reports, when the striker reported for national team duty last week, he was carrying an injury which Jovic had picked up while playing for Real Madrid early-on in the season.

While Serbia’s team management didn’t include him in the starting XI, the striker ended up aggravating the existing injury after featuring in the last few minutes of his team’s 4-2 defeat by Portugal on Saturday.

The 21-year-old, who hasn’t been able to cement his place in the Real Madrid starting XI since signing from Frankfurt in the summer, is still a part of the Serbian squad.

However, given the news coming out of the team’s camp regarding his injury, it seems highly likely that Jovic would be sent back to Madrid in the coming days to receive further treatment on his injury.

Extent and nature of Jovic's injury remains unknown

Am 4. Januar 2016 übernahm Zidane Reals erste Mannschaft - und gewann gleich im ersten Jahr die Champions League. Foto: Getty Images
Am 4. Januar 2016 übernahm Zidane Reals erste Mannschaft - und gewann gleich im ersten Jahr die Champions League. Foto: Getty Images
In a statement released by the Serbian FA after the game, it was confirmed that the injury which ruled the striker out of the game against Luxembourg was one which he was suffering from when he joined up with the national team last week.

‘In the game against Portugal he suffered a relapse from an injury he was suffering from when he joined up with the national squad, and having been examined by the medics, it has been determined that he won’t be able to play this Tuesday against Luxembourg.’ read the statement.

However, while the statement confirmed that the striker would be out for some time, it didn’t tell the exact nature of the nature and for how long Jovic is expected to remain out from action.

Since joining Real Madrid for a 63m transfer fee from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, Jovic has enjoyed an indifferent start to his life in Spain, as he has only played 99 minutes of football in the three appearances Jovic has made for the club.

To further add insult to injury, it was rumored that Jovic would be sent out on loan in the summer, less than two months after he had made the switch from Germany. Therefore, if the striker is to save his Real Madrid career from derailing even before its start, he’d be hoping that the injury won’t rule him out for long term.

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MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16: Isco Alarcon of Real Madrid in action during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 16, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
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The news of the Serbian’s injury has come at a time for Real Madrid when the team is already facing a shortage of key attacking player due to injuries. 

Jovic isn’t the only new signing out injured for the Los Blancos – as fellow new arrival Eden Hazard hasn’t featured in the last 2 games for Real Madrid after suffering a hamstring injury in the side’s opening game of the La Liga season.

The duo aren’t the only two attacking options which Zidane might not be able to name in the starting XI this weekend – as the likes of Isco, James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio are also facing respective spells on the sidelines.

What makes the situation more difficult to handle for the Real Madrid manager is the lack-luster start his team has managed to the new season – with Los Blancos winning only one of their opening 3 games of the new season.

Furthermore, with Levante being the next team on the Real Madrid roster – a side which they haven’t managed to defeat in the last 3 games, the going could get more difficult for Zidane in his 2nd spell as Real Madrid manager.

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