(From left) Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane, Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic, Real Madrid's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez, Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric and Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro run during a training session at Valdebebas training ground in Madrid on September 13, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group stage football match Real Madrid CF vs Sporting Clube Portugal. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN

Real Madrid’s Brazilian international midfielder Casemiro could miss up to a month after suffering a leg fracture, the European champions said on Thursday.

The 24-year-old was forced off 20 minutes into Sunday’s 2-0 win over Espanyol following a strong challenge.

He has suffered a fracture of the fibula in his left leg, Madrid said in a statement.

Real did not specify how long he would be out but Spanish media have put the recovery time at three weeks to a month.

Casemiro joined Madrid from Sao Paulo in 2013 but spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Porto.

He will miss Brazil’s next two World Cup qualifiers, against Bolivia on October 6 and away to Venezuela five days later


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