November 16, (THEWILL) -Real Madrid have been dealt a blow ahead of a crucial part of the season, with midfielder Eduardo Camavinga facing up to two months on the sidelines due to a knee injury. The 20-year-old French international sustained the injury during a training session with the national team on Wednesday.
While initial scans showed Camavinga avoided any major structural damage, he is still expected to miss around eight weeks, according to the French Football Federation. The player will return to Madrid for further assessment, with the club hoping ligaments were not affected.
Camavinga’s absence leaves Real short in midfield, with fellow Frenchman Aurelien Tchouameni also currently sidelined. If the projected timeline is accurate, Camavinga would miss key La Liga matches against the likes of Cadiz, Granada and Villarreal. His part in Real’s UEFA Champions League ties will also be in doubt.
The injury is badly timed for the young star, coming at a time when he can command his position in the squads at club and country. Camavinga had emerged as a core part of France’s midfield under Didier Deschamps and will now face a race to be fit to compete again.
Real will hope the diagnosis proves less serious than initially feared. Still, Camavinga’s extended absence nonetheless deals a significant blow to the Spanish giants.