Modric adds to Real woes

20 February 2018 10:21:45 EST

Luka Modric is the latest Real Madrid player facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury.

The 32-year-old Croatia international midfielder was forced to miss training on Tuesday and is now definitely out of Wednesday's La Liga game against Leganes.

However, coach Zinedine Zidane has spoken out to suggest that it does not appear to be a long-term issue.

"Modric has a hamstring issue," he told a news conference. "I always have faith in the staff here, the physios and doctors, so he will be back with us quickly. I don't think it is serious."

It is the latest injury to deplete Zidane's options as Toni Kroos is sidelined with a knee injury, while Marcelo also picked up a hamstring problem during Sunday's 5-3 win over Real Betis.

I always have faith in the staff here, the physios and doctors, so he will be back with us quickly. I don't think it is serious.

Zinedine Zidane

All three injuries came after last week's 3-1 Champions League last-16 first leg win against Paris Saint-Germain.

And Zidane is hopeful the trio will be back in action for the second leg in Paris on 6th March.

He added: "I am always positive. I do not like to see today that we have three or four players out injured. I hope they are not out too long, but we will see. I hope it is short.

"It can be that, when there are certain [injury] problems, it's because of an enormous effort. But, at the same time, in order to cope with matches like the one against PSG, we have to repeat those efforts.

"We have to maintain the pressure in every game and to keep doing it for 90 minutes. And doing it every three days is positive.

Real are 1/3 to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, while PSG are priced at 5/2 to come back and progress.

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