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Real Madrid's Asensio to miss Club World Cup final, could be out for a month

Reuters , Friday 21 Dec 2018
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Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio controls the ball during the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 15, 2018 (Photo: AFP)
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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.

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