The club said on Friday that Eduardo Camavinga, a defender for Real Madrid, hurt his knee ligaments while working with the French national team.
Camavinga, 21, hurt his right knee on Wednesday while training with his France teammates for Euro 2024 qualifiers. He then went back to Spain for scans that showed how bad the injury was.
“Following tests carried out today it has been diagnosed that Camavinga has torn the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee,” a statement from Real Madrid stated. “Further developments are awaited.”
Real didn’t say right away how long he would be out, but knee ligament injuries that are this bad usually take months to heal.
Camavinga has become an important player for Real this season, and along with 20-year-old English defender Jude Bellingham, he is seen as one of the players the Spanish giants will build around for the future.
The 13-time international player was diagnosed with a “sprained right knee” by France on Thursday.
Khephren Thuram from Nice took his place for the last two Euro 2024 qualifiers, which were against Gibraltar in Nice on Saturday and Greece in Athens on Tuesday.
France is already through to the event next year, which will be held in Germany.
Camavinga moved from Rennes to Real Madrid in 2021 and extended his deal until 2029 in early November. Coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his flexibility, saying that he had played in more than 100 games across all categories.
In the years since he moved to Madrid, he has won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, the Club World Cup, and the European Super Cup.