Real Madrid have been hit by the news that star striker Gonzalo Higuain has been ruled out for at least three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Real Mallorca at the Bernabeu. ‘El Pipita’ scored the first goal after just 8 minutes against Mallorca, but sustained an injury during the match. Marca.com is reporting that the French born striker had an MRI scan in Madrid this morning, and it revealed that Higuain has a second grade hamstring tear on his left leg. This is bad news for Real Madrid who are currently sitting second in La Liga and are looking to keep up the pressure on league leaders Barcelona at the top of the table.
Higuain has been one of the stars in La Liga this season, as the Argentinean international has already netted eleven league goals this campaign and will be sorely missed by Los Merengues in the coming weeks. He is currently lying joint third in Spain’s top scorers chart, sitting just behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Valencia’s David Villa who have scored twelve times this season. The 22 year old is likely to miss Real Madrid’s next three matches against Athletic Bilbao, Malaga and Deportivo la Coruna, but he has been pencilled in to return against Espanyol at the beginning of February ahead of Real’s Champions League trip to Lyon on the 16th.
Higuain’s injury is a further blow to Real Madrid who are already without Dutchman Rafael Van der Vaart who is also out for three weeks with a similar injury, and former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. Real need to get these players fit as quickly as possible, as it looks as though Barcelona will be difficult to catch at the top of La Liga, as a Lionel Messi hat-trick helped Barca to a 5-0 demolition of Tenerife in their last fixture.