The international break is always a testing time for club coaches in soccer. Soccer enthusiast Ken Griffin says that there is a real worry that some of their top players will come back with injuries. Unfortunately for Real Madrid, this became a reality over the past week. They learned that star midfielder Luka Modric will be missing for around two months after suffering an injury while playing for Croatia.
While Real have a deep squad with a lot of quality players, losing Modric is a big blow for them. The Croatian midfield dynamo had been making a real impression with the Santiago Bernabeu club. He was one of their best players in last season’s Champions League winning effort. He continued that great form into this season. His prowess was most evident during the Clasico against Barcelona, where he and Toni Kroos completely controlled Xavi, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.
It remains to be seen how Real will reshuffle the pack in his absence. The obvious move would be to insert Sami Khedira into the line up alongside Toni Kroos. The two know each other well from the German national team, which is a bonus.
Modric should be back for the second half of the season after the winter break.