Zinedine Zidane continues receiving bad news in January from the medical reports. On Saturday, he had to substitute both Marcelo and Luka Modric due to injuries in the game against Málaga. It was expected that the players will miss one month of competition, but now it’s official and Marcelo will miss the first leg in the Champions League Last 16 Round against Napoli.
The manager has received good and bad news. Obviously, the bad ones came with Marcelo and his absence in the next month of competition. Luckily, Luka Modric doesn’t have anything important and should be fit in 10 days.
“Following tests carried out today on Marcelo at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a grade 2 muscle injury in his left hamstring”, Marcelo medical report said. Therefore, the left back will be out of the team around one month, missing the games against Celta, Real Sociedad, Osasuna, Espanyol, Valencia and Villarreal in La Liga and the clash against Napoli in the Champions League.
This is a recurrent injury for Marcelo, who always suffers muscular problems in the month of January. The Brazilian doesn’t have a replacement in the squad because Fabio Coentrao is now showing the level to play with the white t-shirt. Therefore, the left back had to play all the minutes and the muscular problems arrived.
At least, the good news came with Luka Modric. According to the medical report, Luka Modric “has been diagnosed with a strain in his right abductor muscle”. He will be out of the pitch 10 days, so he should be fit to face Napoli in the Champions League. The midfielder will miss the game against Celta in Copa del Rey and Real Sociedad in La Liga.
Now, Zinedine Zidane has a big problem in the defence. Carvajal and Marcelo are out of the competition for the next month with serious injuries, whereas Pepe continues with his problems. Coentrao is not suitable to play with Real Madrid and Danilo has received severe criticism in the last games. So Sergio Ramos, Varane and Nacho will have to play in the defense with Lucas Vázquez as an emergency right back, a new position for him.