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Real Madrid look to have accepted that De La Red will not be able to return to football...

In what will come as a huge setback to Real Madrid youth product Ruben De La Red's chances of someday returning to playing football, Real Madrid are set to consider the young midfielder as an indefinite absence. Los Blancos will pay the player a disability pension of €1,500 a month instead of the remaining two years of his professional contract, reports Spanish sports daily Marca.

The youngster's course of action remains unknown as, unwilling to accept his permanent retirement from the game because of a heart condition, De La Red could pursue legal arbitration against his club to prevent an end to his playing career.

De La Red has undertaken a multitude of tests, but they've yet to show anything conclusive with respect to a cardiac ailment. This is the condition which is thought to have led to the former Getafe player fainting on the pitch in a Copa del Rey match last season and has ruled him out of play ever since.

The young midfielder was a hugely promising prospect out of the Real Madrid youth system, and was included in Spain's championship-winning Euro 2008 squad before his illness struck. He had also become a valuable squad member in Los Blancos' all-star first team.

Cyrus C. Malek,