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Isco’s surgery leaves Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid scrambling for answers at a difficult time

Isco’s surgery leaves Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid scrambling for answers at a difficult time

Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest transfer buzz, including Nabil Fekir, Leroy Sane, Yannick Carrasco and more. Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric broke a decade long dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by winning FIFA's best player award for the 2017-18 season. It was almost inevitable, given Isco's Real Madrid career. So often the right player for the wrong manager, the Spain midfielder's enforced absence after undergoing an appendectomy has come at precisely the wrong moment for the right manager. Isco is likely to be out for a month, with a return date tentatively slated for the Camp Nou Clasico on Oct. 28. The unpredictability of it all will smart more than the scar over the next few days as Isco ruminates on yet another setback. It has always…

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