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Marcos Llorente suffers an injury blow at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have confirmed that Marcos Llorente looks set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a strain of the adductor muscle in his left groin

The 23-year-old midfielder was beginning to show promising signs of forcing his way into the senior team following an impressive end to 2018.

After producing a superb performance in his first Champions League start against AS Roma in November, Llorente capped the year off with a stunning 25-yard half-volley in Real’s 3-0 win over Al Ain in last month’s Club World Cup final.

The academy graduate also started in Real’s last three La Liga matches, which saw them collect wins over Valencia, SD Huesca and Rayo Vallecano.

But now Llorente’s progress has taken a hit following an adductor strain he sustained during the winter break.

“Following the tests carried out today on our player Marcos Llorente by the Real Madrid medical team, he has been diagnosed with a grade 2 injury to his left adductor,” read a statement on the club website.

“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Llorente is expected to be out for at least three weeks.