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Real Madrid star Marco Asensio rues his unlucky knee injury

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Marco Asensio of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Girona FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 17, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Marco Asensio admits he’s suffered “an unexpected stroke of bad luck” after rupturing his knee ligaments against Arsenal on Wednesday.

Asensio, whose goal enabled Real to draw level at 2-2 before winning the International Champions Cup clash 3-2 on penalties, is facing between six to nine months on the sidelines.

The 23-year-old came on as a second-half substitute in Maryland, USA, and took just 13 minutes to get on the scoresheet. However, the knee injury forced him to pull out just five minutes later.

Aside from being a big doubt for Real’s new season, Asensio is also at risk of missing out on Spain’s Euro 2020 campaign next summer should they qualify for the tournament.

Nevertheless, the winger remains upbeat and took the opportunity to thank the supporters for all their kind messages on social media.

“I began this season with renewed hopes, looking after even the last tiny detail of my preparation so that this would be a great season for all the Madrid fans and for myself,” Asensio wrote on Twitter.

“At the highest points in life, you can have an unexpected stroke of bad luck and suddenly everything changes. It is hard to accept everything these days, but I begin another personal challenge in my life. I still trust that this will be a great season.

“Your messages of support and loving gestures give me even more strength to face this challenge. Heartfelt thanks to all of you for your support. See you soon.”

Asensio may not be the only absentee for Real manager Zinedine Zidane, however, as €48m signing Ferland Mendy sustained a thigh injury against Arsenal.

While Los Blancos didn’t specify how long the French full-back could be out for, reports in Spain suggest he will spend around a month sidelined.

Real will take on neighbours Atletico Madrid on Saturday for their final ICC match at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.