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All nines for Zidane

International breaks usually leave training grounds empty around Europe’s top clubs, meaning that second-string players become key to first team sessions.

Zinedine Zidane knows that full well, having been left with just 12 players during the September break and five of those were injured.

But this time Zidane can count on all his No.9s, while Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Alphonse Areola, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Casemiro, Eder Militao, Rodrygo and Fede Valverde play their international matches.


Luka Jovic‘s exclusion from the Serbia setup leaves an unusual situation at Madrid.

Karim Benzema is not longer in contention with France and Mariano Diaz is still some way off playing for Spain as he hasn’t even turned out for his club since May 5.

All three of Zidane‘s No.9s then will stay in Madrid where they can work under his orders.

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