Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been handed yet another injury blow with the news that midfielder Toni Kroos has damaged his adductor, via Marca.
Kroos started Saturday’s match against Granada but was forced off just after the half-hour mark as Los Blancos edged past the La Liga newcomers 4-2 on home soil.
Astonishingly, the German is the 13th player to suffer an injury set-back since the beginning of pre-season, including fellow central midfielder Luka Modric, who has only just returned after missing four games with a muscular injury.
Elsewhere in midfield, Casemiro is now just one yellow card away from being suspended for the forthcoming clash against Barcelona at the end of the month, after he picked up his fourth booking of the campaign against Granada on Saturday.
The Brazilian is now at risk of missing El Clasico in three weeks time, should he pick up another yellow against Mallorca after the international break. And, considering Casemiro has committed more fouls than any other player in La Liga this season (16), per Opta via AS, Zidane could face the prospect of heading into battle against Barca without two of his strongest centre-midfielders.
Kroos’ injury will certainly be a blow for Madrid, who now sit top of the pile in La Liga following some far-from-convincing victories.
It is perhaps unsurprising that the 29-year-old has picked up a knock, though, considering he has only missed eight minutes of football (all comps) for Real this season, racking up a whopping 835 minutes on the pitch so far (per Marca).
Hopefully now, with an international break next weekend, Kroos will be able to rest up and attempt to get fit ahead of the big showdown against rivals Barcelona at the end of the month.
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