Asensio to miss Club World Cup final, could be out for a month

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Fri, 21 Dec 2018 - 02:17 GMT

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Valencia - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - December 1, 2018 Real Madrid's Marco Asensio reacts REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Valencia - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - December 1, 2018 Real Madrid's Marco Asensio reacts REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

ABU DHABI, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio has been ruled out of Saturday's FIFA Club World Cup final against Al Ain after the European champions confirmed he had sustained a thigh injury.

The Spain international, who has underperformed this season and has not scored in La Liga since September, picked up the injury in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals.

He came on as a substitute and then had to be replaced 14 minutes later.

"After tests carried out on our player Marco Asensio by the medical staff, he has been diagnosed with a grade two injury in the quadriceps in his right leg," said a medical report from Real on Friday.

The report did not state for how long Asensio would be on the sidelines, although local media reported he would be out for around a month. (Reporting by Richard Martin Editing by Toby Davis)

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