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Real Madrid's Ferland Mendy joins growing injury list

The left full-back, who joined this summer from Lyon as part of Zinedine Zidane's revolution, has had his injury confirmed, adding to Brahim and Asensio.

Real Madrid's Ferland Mendy joins growing injury list
JAVIER GANDUL DIARIO AS

Zinedine Zidane's problems are growing before the season has even started. Following the sad news that he'll have to do without Marco Asensio for most of the campaign, and an injury to Brahim Diaz, French full-back Ferland Mendy has now been ruled out for a number of weeks.

Mendy could face month out

Real Madrid issued a statement on Thursday confirming that the Frenchman had suffered a muscle injury to his right calf. As is normally the case, the club did not specify how long the player is likely to be out of action, however, according to AS columnist Dr José González, the 24-year old could face being on the sidelines for between three to four weeks.

The new signing will, therefore, miss the friendly against Atlético Madrid on Saturday 27 July at the MetLife stadium in New York, the Audi Cup game against Tottenham on 30 July, and the warm-up against Red Bull Salzburg on 7 August. More importantly, he'll almost certainly not be available for the opening day of LaLiga, when Los Blancos travel to Balaidos to play Celta Vigo on 17 August. A return to action is then potentially the second game of the season, against Real Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabéu on 24 August.

With the injury to Mendy, who started the game against Arsenal, Marcelo will maintain his left-back position, with only Nacho a realistic back-up option.