Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio ruled out of Club World Cup final with thigh injury


first_imgReal Madrid forward Marco Asensio has been ruled out of Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final against Al Ain after the European champions confirmed he had sustained a thigh injury. Real Madrid bid to win the title for the third year in a row.Spain international Marco Asensio, who has underperformed this season and has not scored in La Liga since September, picked up the injury in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Japan’s Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals. Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Kashima Antlers 3-1 to book a spot in the Club World Cup final.Marco Asensio came on as a substitute and then had to be replaced 14 minutes later. “After tests carried out on our player Marco Asensio by the medical staff, he has been diagnosed with a grade two injury in the quadriceps in his right leg,” said a medical report from Real on Friday.The report did not state for how long Asensio would be on the sidelines, although local media reported he would be out for around a month.Bale opened the scoring in the 44th minute with a left-foot strike into the bottom corner of the net after playing a one-two with Marcelo.Bale struck his second in the 53rd minute, taking advantage of a defensive mix-up that left the Kashima goal wide open, and the Wales forward made it 3-0 to the Spanish side two minutes later with a left-foot shot into the top corner.Bale has now scored six goals in the tournament, trailing only his former team mate Cristiano Ronaldo who has netted seven.advertisementBale was substituted in the 60th minute only for his replacement, Asensio to be forced off 14 minutes later due to injury.Asian champions Kashima grabbed a consolation goal in the 78th minute through Shoma Doi.Kashima, third in the J-League, will meet South American champions River Plate in the third-place playoff earlier on Saturday.last_img

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