Modric sidelined after successful knee op

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Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is facing at least one month on the sidelines after undergoing a knee operation at the weekend.

The 31-year-old playmaker played the full 90 minutes in the Champions League last week as Real were held to a 2-2 draw by Borussia Dortmund at Westfalenstadion.

The Croatian was expected to retain his place in the starting line-up for Sunday's La Liga clash with Eibar, but was a notable absentee from the matchday squad as Los Blancos played to a 1-1 draw with their lesser-fancied opponents.

The club published an injury update on their official website on Sunday, revealing that Modric had successfully undergone an arthroscopy on his injury left knee.

"Our player Luka Modric has today undergone an arthroscopy on his left knee to remove a fragment of cartilage of post-trauma origin," the statement read.

"The operation was carried out successfully under the supervision of Real Madrid's head of medical services, doctor Jesus Olmo. Modric will begin his recovery process tomorrow."

Real did not place a timeline on Modric's recovery process, but it has been suggested the midfielder will be out of contention for the nest four weeks.