Real Madrid’s Isco set for surgery after appendicitis diagnosis

Real Madrid’s Isco could miss a month of action after the club revealed on Tuesday lunchtime that he has been diagnosed with acute appendicitis.

In a statement published on their official website, Real said that the Spaniard is to have surgery “in the coming hours”, having been a surprise omission from Los Blancos’ final training session ahead of Wednesday’s league fixture at Sevilla.

Real have failed to win any of their last four trips to Sevilla in all competitions, losing three of those games, and the loss of Isco is a blow in their attempts to reverse the formbook.

A brief statement on Real’s website read: “After the tests performed on our player Isco, he was diagnosed with acute appendicitis.

“The player will be operated on in the next hours.”

Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui did not give a timetable for the Spain international’s return, but it appears unlikely he will be fit for the derby at home against Atletico on Saturday.

“Hopefully it’s a speedy recovery. When a player’s out it’s always bad news and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Lopetegui told a news conference.

“We’ve got a good squad and somebody else will have to play. I have total confidence in the rest of my players.

“I have not been able to talk to him. He’s about to go into surgery. I hope he can quickly get back into shape.”

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