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The injury crisis does not stop in the Real Madrid. That of Dani carvajal It is the latest in a long list that is around 40 injuries this season and places the white club far above its main rivals, Athletic Y Barcelona, who have suffered half of physical problems. And it is that the team of Zinedine Zidane He has been carrying a heavy backpack in the form of casualties throughout the campaign that does not give a break.
“I do not understand, there are many and I am worried”, said Zidane resigned after the game against him Valencia when asked about the injury of Carvajal and those of your staff. They look for a reason to be suffering so many injuries this season, since with each injury that is added it seems clearer that it cannot be fortuitous. Are risks taken in player comebacks? Is the preparation not being good?
Zidane doesn’t want to point out anyone on his coaching staff, but he wants a solution. White numbers are very serious. Only a handful of first-team players have been injury free. Not counting Courteous Y Lunin, only four outfield players have not missed a match due to injury: Early, Mendy, Casemiro Y Vinicius. And it must be said that Casemiro and Lunin passed the coronavirus, Vinicius suffered a gastroenteritis and Courtois and Varane returned ‘touched’ from a stoppage of selections.
Currently, counting on Carvajal’s, Madrid has eight casualties on its squad: Sergio Ramos, Militao, Carvajal, Odriozola, Marcelo, Fede Valverde, Rodrygo Y Hazard. The defense, currently, is with the right thing, being Lucas, Varane, Nacho and Mendy the only thing in the first team, causing that in the last three games (Huesca, Getafe Y Valencia) the quarry has completed the calls.
At Real Madrid, confusion reigns and Zidane is angry. “Injuries are not bad luck”, the French coach has been heard on more than one occasion. It seems even a miracle that, with twice the casualties than Atleti and Barça, the team remains in the fight for La Liga five points below the rojiblancos (with two more games) and three points above the Catalans (with one more game ).
Low for Champions
But Madrid seems to be running out of room to find a solution to the plague of injuries. The eighths of the Champions League They are here and the first corners of the crucial part of the season arrive, where the titles will be decided and the calendar will tighten again, pushing the squads to the limit. Madrid, which cannot afford more injuries, has set off alarms.
In fact, Zidane’s Madrid reaches the first leg of the Champions League last 16 in a situation that nobody would like. Having lost to Jovic Y Odegaard in the winter market, the losses are even more severe. Next Wednesday, the 24th, the whites will visit Bergamo to face Atalanta and, eight days later, they work against the clock to recover effective, having to play in the middle (Saturday 20) against the Valladolid in League.
Ramos, Carvajal, Marcelo, Rodrygo and Hazard are ruled out for the first leg. Recovering Valverde, who looks like the following, would be great news and it remains to be seen if two second-line players will join him and that they would give the defense some depth: Militao and Odriozola. Even so, casualties are very important and painful for the return to competition in the tournament that creates the most excitement each season.
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