Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Vazquez, who had picked up a knock during the El Clasico encounter against Barcelona. A tackle from Sergio Busquets had left him in pain and he had to be subbed off. While the length of his lay-off hasn’t been confirmed, what is known is that he will not be available for the rest of the season. This continues a familiar trend for Los Blancos, who have had more than 50 injury-related issues this season.
“Following tests carried out today on Lucas Vázquez by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a sprain to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” Real Madrid said in a statement.
For his part, Vazquez said he was ‘gutted’ to be injured but vowed to be back as soon as he could.
“I’m going to have to help the team from the sidelines for a while. Gutted, but never down. If there’s one thing this club has taught me it’s to always fight. From this moment I’m giving all I can to be back as soon as possible and help this team in the final stages. Thanks to everyone for your messages and support. One objective – keep fighting for La Liga and the UEFA Champions League,” he said in an Instagram post.
Real Madrid are currently in the hunt for both the La Liga and Champions League. They are second in La Liga but trail local rivals Atletico Madrid by just a point.
Meanwhile in the Champions League, they lead Liverpool 3-1 on aggregate in the quarterfinal. The second leg of the tie is set to take place on Wednesday (April 14).
Interestingly, Vazquez is out of contract at the end of the season. Given there is no update on him signing a new deal, this well could have been his last game for the team.