Real Madrid have been handed a blow following news that Lucas Vazquez is set to miss the rest of the campaign.
Real Madrid have confirmed that Lucas Vazquez suffered a cruciate ligament injury during the Clasico with Barcelona on Saturday.
The midfielder went down after a heavy challenge Sergio Busquets and eventually had to come off in the first half as Madrid went on to claim a 2-1 victory over rivals Barcelona.
It remains to be seen how long Vazquez would be out, but he is expected to miss the rest of the current campaign.
A statement posted on the club’s website read: “Following tests carried out today on Lucas Vazquez by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a sprain to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
Vazquez said he is “gutted” by the news but will continue to offer his support from the sidelines as Real Madrid continue to push for La Liga and the Champions League.
He posted on Instagram: “I’m going to have to help the team from the sidelines for a while. Gutted, but never down. If there’s one thing this club has taught me it’s to always fight. From this moment I’m giving all I can to be back as soon as possible and help this team in the final stages. Thanks to everyone for your messages and support.”
“One objective – keep fighting for La Liga and the UEFA Champions League!”
It could mean Vazquez might have played his last game for Real Madrid, as his contract expires at the end of the season.
The Spanish midfielder has been a key player for Los Blancos this term, having scored two goals alongside five assists from 24 La Liga appearances.