Real Madrid are already training for the matches they will have in the first days of 2017. There are two players who could not finish the training because of different injuries. Kovacic and Lucas Vázquez will not play the Copa del Rey first leg against Sevilla and depending in their evolution they will also could lose the regular season next matches.
Mateo Kovacic finished the FIFA Club World Cup with problems and Real Madrid doctors have confirmed that he has an injury in the left ankle. Mateo Kovacic was being a very important player for Zidane in the last matches and this injury may let him out of the pitch during several weeks. He won’t play the first leg against Sevilla and he may missed also the second match.
The second “victim” of the injuries is the youthful Lucas Vázquez. According to the medical part, the Galician winger suffers a grade 2 injury in the soleus of his right. Both can’t arrive to the first leg of the round 16 against Sevilla at Santiago Bernabéu (Wednesday, January 1 21:15) and depending in their evolution they could miss the next two games, one in the regular season against Granada and the Copa second leg against Sevilla at Sánchez Pizjuán (Thursday, January 12 21:15).
These are very important injuries because both were having an important role in the team manage by Zidane. Kovacic was having his best minutes since he arrival to Madrid and Lucas Vázquez was having very good performances replacing Gareth Bale in the right winger. Now Zidane must choose different varieties for the Copa del Rey eliminatory. Sevilla is a very good team and they are showing it in this season, being in the third position of La Liga and classifying for the Champions League to the Round of 16. The team manage by Sampaoli is a very tough team to win and Real Madrid must play two very good games if they want to classify for the next round.