Real Madrid will lose their leading set-up man Angel Di María for at least a month after the Argentinian winger suffered a Grade 1 hamstring injury during los blancos' 7-1 pasting of Osasuna at the Bernabéu on Sunday. Di María went down clutching his right leg in the second half, after serving up assists to Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Gonzalo Higuaín.
The tricky Argentinian is in the midst of a break out season with Madrid, and is leading the team with nine assists to his name; he has been, arguably, Madrid's most consistent player over their ten-game winning streak. This injury comes just at the cusp of an international break, however, so the damage that Di María's injury might do to Real Madrid's title chances could be minimized if he recovers on schedule.
He is currently set to rejoin the squad in time for their much-anticipated and hyper-important rematch with arch-rivals FC Barcelona in Madrid on December 10th. If his recovery goes well, he could, conceivably, come back sooner--but this outcome is doubtful. It's important that Real Madrid's doctors give el fideo time and space to recover and not push him back into action too soon and risk aggravating his injury (Nuri Sahin, anyone?)
Let's all just hope Angelito comes out firing like he has been so far this season when he gets back.