Modric has injured knee ligament

(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

MADRID (AP) Real Madrid will be without injured midfielder Luka Modric as the season enters a critical phase with both the Champions League and Spanish league titles at stake.

Madrid says medical tests show the Croatia international has a "strain to the medial collateral ligament of his right knee" after he hurt his leg and needed to be substituted in the 57th minute of Saturday's 3-1 win over Malaga.

The club did not say how long it expects him to be out but Spanish media says he is expected to miss six weeks.

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