The MRI reveals a major setback for Real Madrid as Camavinga suffers a torn lateral ligament in his knee
MADRID — Real Madrid’s midfielder, Eduardo Camavinga, has been dealt a severe blow as he has suffered a rupture of the external lateral ligament in his right knee, according to an announcement made by the club on their social media platforms. Sources close to the situation have informed ESPN that Camavinga will be sidelined until January.
The injury occurred during a collision with Ousmane Dembele in a training session with the French national team at Clairefontaine. Initially, it was believed to be a minor incident, but after experiencing difficulty in moving his leg, Camavinga underwent a second examination that raised concerns within the French camp.
Real Madrid, in coordination with the medical staff of the French team, made the decision for the 21-year-old midfielder to return to Spain for further tests at Valdebebas in order to determine the extent of the injury.
Confirming the worst fears, Real Madrid released a statement saying, “Following the tests conducted today by the Real Madrid Medical Services on our player Eduardo Camavinga, he has been diagnosed with a rupture of the external lateral ligament in his right knee. Further updates will be provided as his condition evolves.”
Although Real Madrid has not provided an estimated timeline for Camavinga’s absence, sources suggest that he could be out of action until next year. This means he will miss crucial matches against Cádiz, Napoli, Granada, Real Betis, Union Berlin, Villarreal, and Alavés. However, his recovery progress will determine his return to the pitch.
This news comes as a significant setback for Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, as Camavinga is considered an “essential” player within the team, according to a source within the locker room who spoke to ESPN. The club is visibly frustrated by the player’s injury, although they understand that it is beyond their control. Camavinga’s absence adds to the growing list of injured players, including Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, Aurélien Tchouaméni, and Dani Ceballos. Furthermore, the recent departure of Niko Mihic, who served as the director of the medical services department since 2017, and the appointment of Felipe Segura as his replacement has added to the club’s challenges.
So far this season, Camavinga has featured in 13 LaLiga games and 4 Champions League matches. His versatility in midfield and ability to adapt to the left-back position, as demonstrated in the match against Girona, make him an indispensable asset for Carlo Ancelotti.