Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up
NBCSports Header Logo

Real Madrid striker returns to training with broken bone in foot

Luka Jovic

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 09: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Luka Jovic of Real Madrid shoots on target to score his teams fourth goal 1:4 during the Liga match between CA Osasuna and Real Madrid CF at El Sadar Stadium on February 09, 2020 in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo by Alejandro/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Getty Images

Luka Jovic’s troubled season continues with the news that he returned to Real Madrid on a broken foot.

The striker was previously under investigation in Serbia for flouting self-isolation measures.

Jovic, 22, had an incredible 2018-19 season, scoring 27 times with seven assists in all competitions for Eintracht Frankfurt last year.

[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]

Real purchased Jovic for about $67 million last year, the presumed long-term answer to Karim Benzema at center forward.

He’s struggled to adjust to Spain, scoring twice with two assists in 24 appearances for Real.

Amusingly, a translation quirk on Real’s official site says the injury is “pending evolution.”

After the tests carried out today on our player Luka Jović by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an extra-articular fracture in the calcaneus bone of his right foot. Pending evolution.

Jovic felt like a can’t miss prospect, and three forwards who left Eintracht last season have failed to replicate their feats at new clubs. At least Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic have shown signs at West Ham United and AC Milan, respectively.