Key defensive figure set to miss Tottenham clash v Real Madrid - report
By Russell Edge
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas looks set to miss out on the club’s Champions League clash with Tottenham later this month, according to a report.
ESPN FC claim on their website that the 30-year-old shot stopper is a major doubt for the crucial tie after suffering a thigh injury, which was confirmed as a swollen adductor muscle on Real Madrid’s official website.
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Navas picked up the injury while on international duty with Costa Rica, in their World Cup qualifying match against Honduras, which has seen him leave his international team mates and return to Spain to recover under Real’s watch.
The former Levante goalkeeper has established as the number one goalkeeper under Zinedine Zidane, and has made 108 appearances during his time at the Bernabeu.
He has appeared in all but one of Real Madrid’s matches across all competitions this season, missing their clash with his former side Levante due to an international match with Costa Rica.
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The most likely replacement for Los Blancos will be 31-year-old Kiko Casilla, who stepped in for Navas during his absence, and is set to start between the sticks when Madrid take on Getafe on Saturday.
He also looks likely to start when Tottenham visit Spain, in what will prove to be a crucial clash for both sides.
The two clubs sit joint at the top of their Champions League group, after victory over both Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia, and as such a win would give one side supremacy in their search for finishing first.
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