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.

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 face Villarreal in LaLiga.

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 their semi-final.

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