The big news this morning in the Madrid press is Sami Khedira’s thigh injury that will keep him out of the side for between six weeks and two months.
The German midfielder is believed to have injured it in training ahead of linking up with his international colleagues for the start of Euro 2016 qualifying this month. Marca and AS lament the fact the 27-year-old will be on the sidelines for such a lengthy spell again, particularly as the club just sold Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich.
But it means it is the perfect opportunity for Asier Illarramendi to step up and prove to everyone why the club splashed out 30 million euros to sign him from Real Sociedad last summer. The 24-year-old was criticised last season for some below-par performances and was given little playing time but now has the chance to fill the boots of Alonso and Khedira.
Elsewhere, AS has carried out a poll as to whether Los Blancos should fine Cristiano Ronaldo for his outburst this week on summer transfers. The Portugal forward said to Marca thata he would have done business differently and Alonso and di Maria should not have been sold. Three quarters of those polled (74%) said he should not be fined.