Rodrygo stretched to keep Real Madrid sweating from a potential knee injury

The winger was forced off the field during the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu, throwing potential transfer plans into the mess ahead of the new year

Real Madrid striker Rodrygo looks poised for a lengthy dismissal after being outplayed against Granada in La Liga on Wednesday, dealing a likely blow to the club’s plans for the near future and the transfer market.

The 19-year-old was forced off the field in the first half of the Los Blancos first division clash in the middle of the week, while he was replaced by Marco Asensio just before the break at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Any potential teen injury is likely to lead to Zinedine Zidane’s frustrations regarding the left flank of the attack, and Eden Hazard has just returned to the lineup from another spell on his margins.

Rodrygo stepped up in the Belgian’s absence this season, but otherwise faced mostly limited opportunities for first-team action, starting just seven games this season.

Speculation this month linked him to a potential loan transfer in the new year, and both Arsenal and Inter are linked to potential offers for his services.

However, any prolonged dismissal of the injury would both find the attacker’s plans to find regular minutes further and limit Madrid’s opportunities and the market.

The former Santos starlet – who topped Goal’s NxGn rankings last term – previously missed the start of the 2019-20 campaign with a tendon problem, setting it aside for a month as the club began its quest for ultimate domestic success.

However, he eventually emerged as a regular schedule in Zidane’s squad during the season, recording 25 appearances in the first team while Los Blancos laid down silverware in La Liga for the first time since 2017.

He has played 11 top games so far, although he has only started four in total – three of which came to Hazard’s absence during December, including the clash with Granada.

He won the third cap for Selecao as a substitute in the second half in their World Cup qualifier clash with Bolivia in October, helping Tito’s side to a 5-0 break to reaffirm their international qualifiers.

The teenager made his first international appearance for seniors in Brazil in November 2019, coming off the bench in friendly matches against Argentina and South Korea.