Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is set to miss the opening weeks of the upcoming 2021/22 season as a result of a chronic groin injury.
Kroos has been diagnosed with a pubalgia – or sports hernia – and will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks of action. That timescale would rule him out until mid-September at the very earliest, although the recovery time can be twice as long as that with the possibility of surgery if the problem persists.
The news comes as a huge blow to Los Blancos, who had already been lacking depth in central midfield in the midst of a very quiet summer to this point in terms of incomings.
It remains to be seen whether Kroos‘ absence will force Real into the transfer market for a new midfielder. Sole summer arrival David Alaba can play in the middle of the park, while Fede Valverde is the only other senior central midfielder who is still expected to be at the club next season.
In a statement on their official website, the club said: “Following the tests carried out on our player, Toni Kroos, by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a pubalgia. His recovery will be monitored.”
The 31-year-old took to Twitter to confirm the recurrent injury had been causing him pain for some time, writing: “After several month of problems on my pubic bone i think its time to give it a rest and work on it to be well prepared for a long season. Back asap as always.”
Kroos is expected to miss early La Liga skirmishes against Alaves, Levante, Real Betis and Celta Vigo, although he could be out for an even more extended period if his recovery does not go to plan, and longer still if surgery is required.
The midfield maestro retired from international duty following Germany’s poor showing at Euro 2020, and Real will be hoping that reduction in the number of matches he plays per season will prevent his groin issue recurring.