Los Blancos have lost as many as eight players in the space of three weeks or so due to injuries and loan departures.
It all started with the departure of Luka Jovic followed by Martin Odegaard, who had their loan moves sanctioned in January. Both the youngsters struggled for game time this season and especially Odegaard, who was left disappointed after failing to nail down a place in the starting line-up, sought a temporary move to Arsenal although Zinedine Zidane wanted him to stay and fight for a place in the squad. Jovic completed his loan move to his former club Eintracht Frankfurt.
Madrid had a 22-member squad during Super Copa de Espana and the La Liga game that was played a week prior. The notable absentees due to injuries during that time were Rodrygo Goes, Dani Carvajal and most importantly Sergio Ramos, who hasn’t recovered yet now.
The following week saw Federico Valverde join the long-list of injuries before Lucas Vazquez suffered an injury setback five days later.
Things got worse when Nacho tested positive for COVD-19 and Eder Militao was suspended for his red card against Levante. The final nail in the coffin was Eden Hazard‘s latest injury, which will keep him out of action for a few weeks.
Zidane is already a man under immense pressure and the things happening around him aren’t helping him either. The French manager will look to return to the winning ways on Saturday against Huesca.