Modric eyes Real Madrid return against PSG

The Croatia international does not expect to be fit to face Levante at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, but believes he will be fit for the heavyweight European clash

Luka Modric hopes to be fit for Real Madrid’s Champions League trip to face Paris Saint-Germain next week.

The 30-year-old was forced to sit out Croatia’s pivotal Euro 2016 qualifying win over Malta on Tuesday as a result of an adductor injury picked up in the victory over Bulgaria.

Real issued a statement confirming the injury on Wednesday, claiming that the midfielder would undergo further tests, and Modric says he does not expect to be fit for the Liga encounter with Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

However, he is confident he will be ready to travel to face the French champions on October 21.

“I can’t play,” he told AS when asked if he would be fit for Levante. “Hopefully I’ll be there to play against PSG.”

Modric had travelled with the Croatia squad for the 1-0 win over Malta despite being unavailable for selection.

Ivan Perisic’s first-half goal was enough for them to snatch an automatic qualifying spot away from Norway, who were beaten 2-1 by group winners Italy.

Modric has made nine appearances in all competitions under Rafael Benitez so far this season.

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