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Real Madrid suffers Keylor Navas injury blow

Confirmed: Real Madrid suffers Keylor Navas injury blow

January 18, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
With Kiko Casilla leaving earlier this week, Real Madrid will have to resort to its fourth choice goalkeeper for the upcoming matches.

Real Madrid has been hit with another massive injury blow with Keylor Navas joining the club's long list of injured personnel. Los Blancos released a medical report of the 31-year-old shot-stopper's current status on Friday.

Following an injury to Thibaut Courtois, Navas has been between the sticks for the Spanish heavyweights in recent games and his return to first-team duties saw him featuring in Wednesday's Copa Del Rey defeat to Leganes. However, as confirmed by Real Madrid, the three-time UEFA Champions League winner ended the proceeding with an injury to his groin.

The statement released by his club in wake of the latest development reads as follow:  "Following tests carried out on our player Keylor Navas today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an injury in his groin. His recovery will be monitored."

The timing of the news is one that could be easily attributed to ill-fate considering Real Madrid parted ways with third-choice goalkeeper Kiko Casilla on Thursday. After making a total of 43 appearances and winning 10 major titles in his four-year stint with Los Merengue, the Spanish goalkeeper signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with English Championship outfit Leeds United.

While the goalkeeping crisis has deepened, Santiago Solari may have to call upon fourth-choice goalkeeper Luca Zidane in Saturday afternoon's encounter with Sevilla. This will be the alternative should Thibaut Courtois fail a final fitness test having trained with the first team for the first time since his injury on Friday.

Keylor Navas joins Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Marcos Llorente, Mariano Diaz and Karim Benzema on the treatment table. The Frenchman – who broke his fingers during last weekend's win over Real Betis is expected to shake off the injury and be available for selection.

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