Real Madrid Injuries and suspensions have had an impact
Real Madrid spent much of the summer looking for a midfielder yet started the season with the same engine room of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric with Fede Valverde for cover.
Paul Pogba was Zinedine Zidane‘s preference and other options, like Donny van de Beek, never came to fruition.
On the opening weekend, Valverde was left out of the matchday squad but as injuries and suspensions have hit, he has become a regular due to the lack of options with James Rodriguez and Isco the alternatives.
Zidane has a problem in midfield and in the 10 games played to date, all four midfielders have only been available for four, against Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Club Brugge and Granada.
Valverde was left out in Vigo, Modric was then suspended and both then suffered injuries.
Both Casemiro and Kroos also suffered injuries and it has only been in the past few fixtures when all four men have been available, with Modric and then Valverde taking the position on the bench.
The lack of options has meant that Casemiro has only missed 30 minutes of action, against Levante, and Kroos just 66 minutes.
Kroos‘ injury now means that Real Madrid could face a Clasico with only Casemiro and Valverde in midfield as the men to fight for a crucial three points whilst balancing their efforts as the fixtures come thick and fast.
At the moment Real Madrid are sweating on the fitness of Modric who left the field injured for Croatia against Wales.