Real Madrid Lack of available players in midfield
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has seen injuries hit his team once again, with Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez ruled out for the trip to Real Mallorca this weekend, while Gareth Bale‘s presence is very doubtful.
Los Blancos published a statement declaring that Modric has an issue that practically rules him out of the game with Mallorca, as well as matches against Galatasaray and Barcelona.
The Croat returned from the international break with an injury, which Real Madrid stated is a ‘contusion in the quadriceps of the right leg.’
Lucas‘ injury, meanwhile, comes with muscle discomfort in his right leg. He will miss the trip to Mallorca, but the hope is that he will be ready to face Galatasaray on October 22.
In addition to Modric and Lucas, another player who has picked up a knock is Bale, who has returned from the international break with muscle discomfort in his left calf.
The Welshman will undergo more tests tomorrow, although his presence in the next couple of games is very doubtful.
In the final minutes of Croatia‘s European Championship qualifier with Wales, the 34-year-old had to be taken off after a strong blow.
Initially it was reported that it was a concussion, a version that Modric himself endorsed in the mixed zone afterwards.
There was talk that he would only need two or three days to recover, yet his availability against Mallorca was always going to be doubtful.
Frustratingly for Real Madrid, Modric returned from the last international break with an injury and has done so again. The first time came during Croatia‘s match with Azerbaijan, which saw him miss four games for Los Blancos.
Even during this break, those at Real Madrid thought that Modric might opt to stay in the Spanish capital after barely being able to play the three games against Atletico Madrid, Club Brugge and Granada prior to the international break.
However, the Croatia captain returned to international action against Hungary on October 10 and even got on the scoresheet, before playing Wales last Sunday.
Looking ahead to the Mallorca game, Casemiro and Fede Valverde are yet to return from their respective international commitments with Brazil and Uruguay, so they will both barely have any time to train before Saturday’s encounter.
Casemiro played on Sunday and Valverde will do so on Tuesday night, and their late returns, added to the injury to Toni Kroos, means that Zidane will have to conjure up a makeshift midfield at Son Moix.