Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy could be out for rest of the season - reports

Real Madrid confirmed on Tuesday that French defender Ferland Mendy has a problem in his tibia, leaving him a doubt for this season.

Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy in a file photo. (Image: Twitter/@IntChampionsCup)

Real Madrid’s hopes of retaining the La Liga title is now hit by another injury. The club confirmed on Tuesday that French defender Ferland Mendy has suffered an injury in his tibia.

“After the tests carried out today on our player Ferland Mendy by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with tibial periostitis,” Madrid said in a statement.

Reports in the Spanish press suggest Mendy will most likely miss the rest of the season. Therefore, Madrid will be without their first-choice left-back for the run-in.

Mendy’s injury will also be a concern for France, given Euro 2020 begins in a month’s time.

Madrid play Granada on Thursday, before finishing against Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal. They now sit second, two points behind Atletico Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane has regularly expressed his frustration with the number of injuries Real Madrid have suffered this season.

Zidane and Real now enter the final phase of the season without the entire preferred back four. Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal are out as well.

Madrid miss out on chance vs Sevilla

Last weekend, Real Madrid came from behind twice to deny Sevilla three points at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium on Sunday night.

Fernando opened the scoring for Sevilla mid-way through the first half. Asensio equalized for the home side in the second half.

Ivan Rakitic gave Julen Lopetegui’s side the lead through a controversial penalty. Toni Kroos’ shot deflected of Eden Hazard in the final minutes to deny Sevilla the three points.

Thus, Real Madrid missed the chance to go to the top of the table. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona had played out a goalless draw on Saturday.

Real Madrid are 2nd with 75 points from 35 games, level with Barcelona and two points behind Atletico Madrid.

The defending champions could have taken a crucial lead in the title race as they have a better head to head record against both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. The loss means Sevilla are now six points adrift the league leaders.

Therefore with just three games remaining, two points seperate the top three sides.

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