Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Tuesday expressed his frustration with the growing list of injuries of the white team this season after it was known that the defender Ferland Mendy will miss on Wednesday the League match against Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid has had a rough start to the season and with Mendy, there are already 10 players who have suffered muscle problems to date.
In the case of the French fullback, this is the second time he has been injured since he arrived from Lyon in the summer.
“I’m not worried, muscular injuries bother me because I don’t want my players injured,” said the French coach at a press conference.
“We have to accept that this can happen. The matches demand a lot and when I see my players, is that they never rest. They train, they play here and they play for their national teams,” he added.
Zidane, who has also lost striker Marco Asensio to a long-term knee injury, pointed to the likelihood that midfielders Luka Modric and Isco may soon reappear after missing the last four La Liga games. And Marcelo’s back problem, which had the Brazilian player off the field last week, may not be as serious as originally feared. “(All three) Going well.
On another note, Zidane said that the preparation staff was not to blame for the players’ ailments.
“All the physical trainers think about the good of the team, they are very valid and professional people who have won a lot. I believe in the people I work with, It’s not just one thing, there are many factors.”
Real Madrid currently occupies second place in the La Liga table with 11 points, the same as Athletic Bilbao, who have the best goal difference. Newly promoted Osasuna, who last month drew 2-2 with Barcelona, are four points behind in eleventh place.