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Real Madrid Midfielder Ruled Out Of Villarreal Clash: Big Blow For Los Blancos?

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In a recent report, Marca has revealed that Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos can be ruled out of their upcoming clash against Villareal after he tested positive for COVID-19. It is believed that the German playmaker will have to quarantine and won’t be available for selection for Los Blancos in the remainder of this campaign (via Marca).

Kroos’ Impressive Form At The Spanish Capital This Season

The 31-year-old is having another fruitful campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as he has been responsible for producing a run of excellent performances at the centre of Zinedine Zidane’s midfield. Kroos has registered three goals and 12 assists in 42 matches for the Spanish outfit this term in various competitions.

The veteran midfield ace has given a good account of himself by averaging 1.5 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 1.2 shots, 2.4 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game in La Liga this season. The German international has been careful when distributing possession from midfield after completing 93.6% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

Despite his age, Kroos has proven time and time again that he can be a major influence when he is playing with confidence on the field. Hence, losing him for the final league match of this campaign will be a bitter pill to swallow for Zidane as his players are still in with a chance of winning the league title.

Real Madrid's Kroos ruled out of Villarreal clash (Kroos is seen in the photo)
Real Madrid v Sevilla FC – La Liga Toni Kroos of Real Madrid during the Spanish Liga Santander match between Real Madrid and Sevilla FC at at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid, Spain. credit: Indira Madrid Spain daximages-ligasant210509_npFu9 PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxFRA Copyright: xDAXxImagesx

Kroos Won’t Be Available For Villarreal Clash: Massive Blow For Los Blancos?

On his day, Kroos has still got the ability to be a real game-changer on the field. He has got a wide array of passes in his locker and can create some meaningful chances for others around him. Even though the 101-time German international has lost a yard of pace as father time is catching up with his game, he can still be a man for the big occasion by delivering a match-winning performance when his teammates need him the most.

Therefore, this recent development about his unavailability will be a big blow for the Madrid giants and their quest to become the champions of Spain once again this season. With Kroos sidelined, Los Blancos could struggle to get maximum points against the UEFA Europa League finalists, Villarreal, this weekend.

Zidane will now have no choice but to rely on the midfield three of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Federico Valverde once again to produce an impressive display versus the Yellow Submarine in the final match-day of this La Liga season.

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