Real Madrid have confirmed that Luka Jovic has suffered a broken bone in his right foot, potentially ruling him out for his side’s first fixtures once the season is able to get back underway.
Jovic was one of the most sought after strikers in Europe last summer after a prolific 2018/19 campaign with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga and Europa League. But following his big-money move to Real, he has struggled to hit the same heights.
The Serb made 24 appearances for Los Blancos before play was halted due to the coronavirus, but managed just two goals in this time.
The 22-year-old has controversially been in the headlines during the pandemic for a number of reasons, with the Serbian opting to defy lockdown rules in Spain and travel back to his home country. Real Madrid have now taken to their official website to confirm that Jovic has broken a bone in his right foot, an injury that could rule him out for around two months.
The brief statement read: “After the tests carried out today on our player Luka Jovi? by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he was diagnosed with an extra-articular fracture in the calcaneus bone of the right foot. Pending evolution.”
This comes after Real Madrid’s players recently returned to their base in the first step towards commencing training before restarting the season – potentially on 20 June. Following strict protocols and measures, Los Blancos called first-team members to their facilities in order to test players and staff to minimise the risk of catching the virus.
However, it is worth noting that it is currently unclear how Jovic injured himself, considering the fact that players have been in quarantine for several weeks, and have been training at home.
This is just the latest setback for Jovic in his first season in Madrid. Due to his slow start, there have already been suggestions that Zinedine Zidane is ready to part ways with him if an offer of around £44m were to come in. As for the player, he is also said to be ‘willing’ to listen to offers as he has acknowledged that he has underwhelmed. A loan away from the Bernabéu could also be an option.
While his future remains unclear, Jovic will be looking to overcome this injury and prove his worth to the club and Zidane as soon as he can.