Injury fears for Real Madrid in Spain’s Tokyo 2020 opener as midfielder Dani Ceballos is forced out at halftime after his ankle was put on TROD by Egypt’s Taher Mohamed
Dani Ceballos’ Olympic debut could already be over after he limped with a blown ankle on Thursday, leaving the midfielder worried about his return to Real Madrid.
The 24-year-old was on fire in the opening 45 minutes of the Spanish opener in Tokyo against Egypt, showing off the kind of dazzling footwork Arsenal fans expected but so rarely treated in the Emirates in two years .
Ceballos hit the post with a beautiful 25-yard strike, but was knocked down just before half time, while Taher Mohamed clumsily entered him.
Dani Ceballos had to walk away injured against Egypt in the Spanish opener Olympics in Tokyo
The Real Madrid star’s ankle was stamped by Taher Mohamed before becoming very swollen
The slow-motion replay showed the number 10’s left leg planted with his ankle bent in at a horrific angle.
The Spaniard cringed in pain when the physio’s treatment caused a lengthy hiatus as the referee checked the VAR monitor before handing Mohamed a yellow card.
Fortunately, Ceballos was able to get up again and saw him stumble toward the dugout with one sock removed, revealing a filthy swollen ankle.
Jon Moncayola replaced the creative star and those 45 minutes will certainly be his last contribution to Spain’s debut appearances at the Olympics this summer.
Ceballos will now worry about his recovery time, hoping to impress at Real Madrid
The midfielder was on fire in the first half and came close with a great effort from long range
The Real Madrid midfielder has also been concerned about the injury for a long time. Ceballos returns to Los Blancos this summer after two years of frustration aboard Arsenal’s rapidly sinking ship.
The former Real Betis man has been a Madrid player for four years but only wore white for half that time, after struggling to settle under Zinedine Zidane in 2017-18, neither Julen Lopetegui or Santiago Solari in 2018-19.
Now Ceballos must impress the returning Carlo Ancelotti to save his career in Madrid. This final blow could be crucial for the Spaniard.