Lewis Ambrose

Real Madrid’s international break injury fears played down

Real Madrid suffered two injury scares as Croatia took on Wales on Sunday evening.

Zinedine Zidane would have been left swearting as Gareth Bale and Luka Modrić both struggled in the final moments of the game.

Their injuries, though, aren’t as bad as they first appeared.

“Gareth’s just got a bit of cramp towards the end,” Wales boss Ryan Giggs told Sky Sports after the 1-1 draw.

“He didn’t want to come off, though.

“It was a fantastic performance from Gareth, it was just a shame that he did get that – it was about 10 minutes really at the end, so we were down one player really.

“But it looks like it’s just cramp.”


There was also a positive update on Modrić from Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic.

“[Modrić] got hit in the muscle, which is awkward and quite painful, so he had to go off,” Dalic said, as per

“He will certainly need a two to three-day break, but I hope he will be alright.”

Real Madrid will hope both players are available to face Real Mallorca on Saturday.