Modric adds to Real Madrid’s injury woes

first_imgLuka Modric has intensified the injury headache being endured by Real Madrid, with the midfielder nursing a thigh complaint.The Blancos have been stung by a string of fitness problems in the 2019-20 campaign.That is making selection calls testing for Zinedine Zidane, with the Frenchman unable to pick from a fully-stocked talent pool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream It could be that he is without Modric for the foreseeable future, with Real confirming that the Ballon d’Or winner is struggling with a niggling knock.A statement released on the club’s official website read: “Following the tests carried out today on our player Luka Modric by Real Madrid’s medical department, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury to the adductor in his right leg.“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Modric has taken in two La Liga appearances for Real this season, with a red card collected in his first against Celta Vigo.He returned to domestic action in a 2-2 draw with Villarreal, with Zidane introducing him off the bench in that contest.The 34-year-old then headed off on international duty with Croatia.He figured in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Azerbaijan, with the target found against the latter in a 1-1 stalemate.Any hopes Real had of seeing Modric build on that effort appear to have been dashed.Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid 2019-20Luka Jovic is another to have returned to the Spanish capital carrying a knock, with the Serbian striker having already spent time on the treatment table this season.Brahim Diaz has also been sidelined, while Marco Asensio saw his season ended by an untimely knee ligament injury.Among the others to have endured fitness struggles are Ferland Mendy, Thibaut Courtois, Mariano Diaz, Sergio Ramos, Rodrygo, Eden Hazard, James Rodriguez and Isco.Of those brought into the Bernabeu during the summer transfer window, only Eder Militao has steered clear of injury.Zidane will be hoping for a reversal in fortune over the coming weeks as Real seek to kick-start their campaign.Having taken five points from three games so far, Los Blancos will return to action after the international break on Saturday when they play host to Levante.last_img read more

Kershaw stays with Dodgers for $93M, 3-year deal

first_img Winner of the NL Cy Young in 2011, ’13 and ’14, Kershaw was limited to 26 starts this year because of a back injury and went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA while striking out 155. The Dodgers lost in the World Series for the second straight season, with Kershaw taking the loss in Sunday’s season-ending Game 5 defeat to Boston. His average fastball velocity dropped by 2 mph in the past year to 91 mph.“I plan on getting back to that level that I was at,” he said. “There’s a lot of guys older than me, and there’s a lot of guys with more innings than me in the big leagues that are still maintaining their velocity.”A herniated disk in his back sidelined him in 2016. He had a less significant back problem this year and a shoulder issue.“No more DL time,” he said. “From there, hopefully the getting people out thing will take care of itself.” LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw has heard the chatter that he’s in decline. He’s eager to prove the doubters wrong while wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform.The ace agreed to a $93 million, three-year contract Friday after initially opting out of his previous deal and choosing free agency.“There’s been a lot of people saying that I’m in decline or not going to be as good as I once was,” he said. “I’m looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that.”Kershaw opted out of a $215 million, seven-year contract that had two seasons remaining at a total of $65 million. Signed in January 2014, it called for salaries of $32 million next year and $33 million in 2020. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. GO The left-hander also can earn award bonuses of $1.5 million for winning the NL Cy Young Award or $500,000 for finishing second or third in the voting.Kershaw, his wife Ellen and their two young children make their offseason home in the Dallas area, and if the Texas Rangers had had a winning season “it would have been something to consider for sure,” he said.“It really wasn’t as much of a question for me this time around,” he said. “My kiddos love it here. Ellen loves it here. I love it here. I love the team here, and there’s not many opportunities that meet all the criteria that Ellen and I would be looking for. And myself personally, a chance to win every single year, it doesn’t come around like this in LA very often.”The money designated a signing bonus will not be subject to state income because Texas does not have a state income tax. Subscribe Today At 30, Kershaw has experienced a fastball velocity decrease, and he missed time this season because of two stints on the disabled.“While I did have a little bit of a back issue this year, it wasn’t very significant. I missed more time this year because of the shoulder,” he said. “I really believe that for three years I can be just as good as I ever have been. And I’m not saying I can’t be good past that. But that’s as long as I was willing to commit to right now.”Kershaw remains the face of the franchise and his dedicated work habits have filtered down to the younger pitchers on the staff.“He’s made as much of an impact as you can on an organization in terms of the success we’ve had,” Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, said Thursday. The new deal involves a $23 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments on June 30 in each of the next three years, and annual salaries of $23,333,333.“I wanted to stay here, so financial, everything aside, it was more valuable to me to just stay here,” he said.Also Friday, the Dodgers made $17.9 million qualifying offers to two of their other free agents: pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and catcher Yasmani Grandal.Kershaw gets an additional $28 million in guaranteed money. The new agreement includes $4 million annually in performance bonuses, in four $1 million increments for 24, 26, 28 and 30 games started, which could raise the deal’s value to $105 million over three years. Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. (AP Photo/Jae Hong, File) Kershaw has a career 153-69 regular-season record with a 2.39 ERA in 318 games but it’s in the postseason where his numbers drop. He’s 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA. He gave up four runs in seven innings in Game 5 of the World Series.“Winning is still the most important thing for me,” he said. Share: Kershaw stays with Dodgers for $93M, 3-year deal Published: November 2, 2018, 4:31pm Share:last_img read more