Modric, injured, misses the Cup final and is a doubt for the first leg against City | Sports

Luka Modric, in Girona-Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Luka Modric, in Girona-Real Madrid on Tuesday.Joan Monfort (AP)

In addition to Carlo Ancelotti’s anger, Real Madrid’s defeat in Girona left a major drawback, the injury to Luka Modric, who is going to miss the Copa del Rey final on Saturday May 6 against Osasuna in Seville. The 37-year-old Croatian midfielder suffers a torn hamstring in his left leg, which, according to estimates by the club’s medical services, will take him out for about two weeks, ruling him out for the game at La Cartuja, for which is eight days away. It is also a serious doubt for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Manchester City at the Bernabéu, just three days later.

Modric did not appear on the pitch in the training session this Friday prior to Saturday’s League game against Almería (6:30 p.m., Dazn), which confirmed the fears of the previous day. On Thursday he did not work with the group either, but he used that time treating himself with the physiotherapists, like Marco Asensio, who is in condition to play this Saturday.

Modric’s loss for the Cup final is added to the probable loss of David Alaba, who is still trying to recover from his last mishap. He was injured in the first half of the Champions League quarterfinal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The club’s recovery plans call for the Austrian to be fit by the end of next week, although perhaps too close to the final, with the prospect of the first leg against City only three days later. In that game, Carlo Ancelotti will not be able to count on Eder Militão, who has been suspended, so Alaba’s presence in that duel at the Bernabéu would be especially important.

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