Asensio set to miss Club World Cup final with thigh injury

A muscle injury is likely to keep Marco Asensio out of Real Madrid's showdown with Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio   -  Getty Images

Marco Asensio is set to miss the Club World Cup final after sustaining a thigh injury.

The 22-year-old has suffered a grade two injury in his right rectus femoris, Real Madrid confirmed in a statement.

It means the Spain international will potentially not return to action until at least January 3, when Madrid faces Villarreal in LaLiga.

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Santiago Solari's side take on Al Ain in the Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, having beaten Kashima Antlers 3-1 in its semi-final.

The European champions are seeking to win its third global title in a row.