La Liga giants Real Madrid this afternoon confirmed that goalkeeper Keylor Navas has been sidelined with a thigh injury.
30-year-old Costa Rican international Navas has developed into one of the world’s finest shot-stoppers over the last couple of seasons in the Spanish capital, with Real having reportedly abandoned their chase of Manchester United star David De Gea during the summer due to their current no.1’s stellar showings.
Navas was listed as a doubt for Los Blancos’ clash with Tottenham Hostpur in the Champions League on Tuesday night, having picked up a thigh problem whilst on international duty.
He was deemed fit to play in the end, and proved crucial to his side earning a point, making a pair of brilliant stops from Spurs hitman Harry Kane.
However, as per a report on Real’s official website this evening, the risk taken on Navas looks to have backfired, with the South American now set for a spell out of action after aggravating the problem he picked up while with Costa Rica.
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No timeframe has been set for his return, though early reports emanating from Spain suggest that Navas will be on the sidelines for around two weeks.
Crucially, this would rule him out of the Champions league return fixture between Real and Spurs at White Hart Lane on November 1st.
Navas now joins Gareth Bale, Dani Carvajal and Mateo Kovacic on the treatment table for Real, as the injury curse hitting the Spanish champions this season looks set to continue.