Luka Modric is out for the next three months after suffering an injury while on international duty with the Croatian national team.
As a result, some of the blame for the injury has been played upon Croatia boss Niko Kovac. He has suffered a different perspective on the injury by saying that Real Madrid overused the 29-year-old and it was not surprising that he suffered this problem.Kovac has recalled that Modric has been playing two games every week for the last few months. This coupled with exertions at the World Cup 2014 mean that the former Tottenham midfielder has not had proper time to recuperate.
Kovac has revealed that he had consulted with a specialist over this injury troubles faced by the midfielder. Despite the Spanish league season having a winter break, Modric will find it difficult if he is played in every game. The 29-year-old has featured in 16 matches in all competitions this season. His importance within the team has grown after the exit of Xabi Alonso in the summer. After a poor start to his Madrid career, Modric has settled extremely well and was a major factor in the club winning the two titles last season. Modric was heavily linked with a return to English football with Chelsea rumoured to be interested in his signature.
“We travelled to Munich with the Real Madrid doctor to visit Dr.Wolfhart-Müller in order to get a second opinion on Luka’s injury. He confirmed what we had been told by the club in Madrid. It’s quite a serious problem, but his recovery is going well and we hope to see him out on the pitch again in March.This injury came about because of the high number of games Luka played in, and to think that I’d been strongly criticised for resting him against Argentina,” said Kovac.