Isco suffering neck and back pain, say Real Madrid

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He was absent for Saturday's derby win at Atletico Madrid and the club have now confirmed the playmaker is struggling with pain in his neck and back

Real Madrid have confirmed Isco missed Saturday's 3-1 win over city rivals Atletico due to neck and back pain.

The Spain international was not included in Santiago Solari's squad for the trip to Atletico Madrid, where goals from Casemiro, Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale sealed three points.

"After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services on our player Isco, his back and neck pain has been diagnosed as acute dorsalgia & cervicalgia. His recovery will continue to be assessed," a statement from the club read.

Isco has fallen out of favour since Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui, with the coach appearing to hint the playmaker has not been giving enough effort in training.

"In football, you have to work and put all your talent into everything," Solari said ahead of El Derbi. "You have to do that in training so you are available to play."

Isco earlier hit out at Solari via social media, complaining about his lack of game-time in recent weeks despite forwards Bale and Marco Asensio having been sidelined by injury.

Former Madrid midfielder Ruben de la Red said the club do not wait for anyone and told Isco he must perform to the standards of his team-mates, drawing a response from the 26-year-old.

"I completely agree with De la Red, but when you are not getting the same opportunities as your team-mates, that changes things…" Isco wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

"Despite that, I'm continuing to work hard and battling for the moment when those opportunities arrive! Hala Madrid!!"

Isco has only started five La Liga matches this season and has not been in Madrid's XI for a league game since Solari took charge.

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It is unclear how long his injury will keep him out of action, with Saturday's win at Atletico moving Madrid above their city rivals into second place in the table.

Solari's side travel to Ajax for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday, with two more Clasico clashes with Barcelona upcoming.

Madrid drew 1-1 at Camp Nou in Wednesday's first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, a game in which Isco was an unused substitute.