Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni carried on playing against Barcelona despite suffering an injury in the first-half because he was keen on helping Real Madrid win, his agent has revealed.
Tchouameni has been a key player for Madrid this season, starting all but two of the club’s games across La Liga and the Champions League.
The 23 year old France international could now be out of action for at least six weeks, or possibly even until early 2024 as a result of the injury suffered against Barcelona.
The Frenchman has already denied suggestions that he was injured by Barcelona midfielder Gavi.
A collision between the two had left Tchouameni limping, but he later clarified: “It’s not Gavi’s fault. I was injured at the end of the first half.”
Now, the 23-year-old’s agent, Jimmy Kebe, has suggested that Tchouameni wanted to stay on once the first half ended because Madrid were trailing due to Ilkay Gundogan’s early goal. It also appears that it wasn’t until later that he realised the nature of the injury.
“He felt something [in the first half] but it wasn’t a big deal and then, during the game, it got worse,” Kebe relayed to The Athletic. “It wasn’t because of Gavi. He didn’t say anything [at half-time] because, as the team was losing, he wanted to win. But he didn’t know. When you are playing you don’t feel it, it’s when you stop and take off your shoes.”
Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 thanks to two second half goals from Jude Bellingham.