December 21, 2018 / 11:56 AM / 3 months ago

Asensio to miss Club World Cup final, could be out for a month

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Valencia - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - December 1, 2018 Real Madrid's Marco Asensio reacts REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio has been ruled out of Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final against Al Ain after the European champions confirmed he had sustained a thigh injury.

The Spain international, who has underperformed this season and has not scored in La Liga since September, picked up the injury in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals.

He came on as a substitute and then had to be replaced 14 minutes later.

“After tests carried out on our player Marco Asensio by the medical staff, he has been diagnosed with a grade two injury in the quadriceps in his right leg,” said a medical report from Real on Friday.

The report did not state for how long Asensio would be on the sidelines, although local media reported he would be out for around a month.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Toby Davis

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