Real Madrid players are suffering too many injuries in this start of the season and the last one to get knocked is Toni Kroos. The German midfielder will be out of the pitch three weeks after suffering an adductor injury in his left leg in the game against Granada last Saturday. The German player had to be substituted by Luka Modric.
Toni Kroos won’t travel with his national teams and will have time to recover. The goal is to be ready for El Clásico, at the end of the month of October. Before, Los Blancos have to play against Mallorca away, but it’s very unlikely that the German player could be available for that date.
Zidane would have a problem for this game. Normally, Casemiro will need to rest. He has four yellow cards, so another one would mean missing El Clásico, and he has a long trip ahead with his national team. Besides, Casemiro is a key player in this team, so his presence against Barcelona is a must.
At least, Luka Modric seems recovered after his injury, although Zidane needs to be careful with him, as his age doesn’t allow him to play as often as before. Luckily, Fede Valverde looks very fit and ready to take more responsibility in a midfield with a lack of players.
Another alternatives for that midfield would be James Rodríguez or even Isco. The Colombian player has refused to travel with his national team and will rest in Madrid to be fit for this key part of the season. His professionality is out of question in his second era at Real Madrid, and he should be a very important player in the squad. At least, he needs to be given confidence and feel a key footballer.
Isco is a different situation. Against Granada he enjoyed some minutes after his injury, but his performances during the whole season are very poor. He looks out of shape and very slow, not able to control the midfield. He will need to work very hard if he wants to get a spot in this team.