Realmadrid.com have confirmed that Casemiro faces a serious injury after going down painfully vs. Espanyol on Sunday.
Following tests carried out today on Casemiro at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a fracture to the central third of his left fibula. His recovery will continue to be assessed.
It is unclear exactly how long the defensive midfielder will be out, but with a reported fracture, you can be sure that it will be for quite a while. This leaves Real Madrid without any pure ball winner in the starting eleven for the foreseeable future, something that could prove extremely problematic.
Kroos might evaporate our concerns with a rapid rise in his defensive solidity, but it is much more likely that Real Madrid will rue their decision not to pursue another defensive midfielder like Krychowiak, Kanté, or Xhaka, this season.
There is the option to bring back Marcos Llorente, but it would have to be done in the winter, leaving RM with no immediate natural fix for their issue in defensive midfield.
On a somewhat brighter note, this could provide a chance for players like Isco, Kovacic, and James to make their mark on the starting eleven, with the Colombian looking the best positioned to take advantage.