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He Real Madrid will say goodbye to the year on the field of play next Wednesday against the Elche. You will have to do it without Rodrygo Goes, the last of his footballers to fall on the white club’s injury list this season. In addition, in his case it will be a long-term absence since he suffers a muscle injury in the biceps femoris, which will keep him away from the pitch for around three months.
Rodrygo’s injury is bad news and confirms, if it was still needed, the extreme conditions in which top-level footballers are working this season. The demand is maximum and that translates into continuous injuries as is happening to Real Madrid.
Just a week ago, the white club celebrated being able to have all its players for the first time in more than 500 days later. The joy lasted so little that in seven days he has regretted the casualties of Vinicius (stomach flu), Isco (a hit), Modric (injury to the adductor of the left leg) and now Rodrygo. In fact, Vini, Rodrygo and Modric were the ones who were saved so far from not having had any physical or health problems.
Casemiro complained at the beginning of the month about the demand: “The preseason was not good, every three days we play very demanding games […] We are not having time to rest. There are many injuries and if you look at all the teams have ups and downs because that’s impossible. This is very difficult and it is normal. Speaking of human beings. Can’t keep level. ” Pomegranate he repeated the same speech.
The situation is what it is and Zidane’s Madrid has no choice but to assume that the casualties will continue to be constant between now and summer. One can only pray that there are no more cases of long casualties like that of Rodrygo or that footballers like Eden Hazard or Luka Jovic can have continuity after enduring an ordeal with injuries and the coronavirus. The 2020/2021 season is being the most difficult.
They are ‘saved’, with quotes
In Madrid there are only four footballers who have always been available to Zidane when a match has come. They are the two doormen, Thibaut Courtois and Andriy Lunin, and two defenses, Raphael varane and Ferland mendy. The rest, at least, have missed a game due to injury. However, they are not immune to the physical consequences of how demanding the season is.
Courtois, in October, suffered a muscle injury just before traveling with Belgium and although he was summoned he returned to Madrid to recover during the break. In the case of Lunin, it can be said that he is the only one who is saved from injuries since he was infected with coronavirus with Ukraine, but was able to recover before his next commitment with the white team.
Something similar to Courtois happened with Ferland Mendy, who in November did not travel with France as a precaution (although Real Madrid denied it) and trained the first days of the break in the gym of Valdebebas. Varane has only had to regret a few minor shoulder problems that he suffered with France in the last break, although he recovered in time to play for Madrid four days later.
Without rest, Madrid will close 2020 with Rodrygo’s injury (it remains to be seen if Modric arrives in time against him Elche) and hopes not to regret any more on the 30th. The Spanish Super Cup is about to fall, the semifinal against Athletic will be played on January 14, and Zidane crosses his fingers not to lose more troops by then.
[Más información: Rodrygo estará tres meses de baja por la lesión muscular sufrida en el partido ante el Granada]