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REAL MADRID

Casemiro at risk of injury with 97% of minutes played this year

Zidane continues to squeeze every last drop out of Casemiro with no true replacement in the squad for the Brazilian, who could be on the brink of exhaustion.

Casemiro, jugador del Real Madrid.
Juan Medina REUTERS

"Once you start to play, you will never stop," is what Zidane said to Casemiro when he first arrived as the manage of Real Madrid. The Brazilian was concerned about his lack of minutes but Zidane assured him that his time would come. He wasn't lying. 

Casemiro continues to play with nobody to replace him in the team. He has played in 960 minutes this season with his only chance to rest coming against Levante when he was withdrawn with 60 minutes played. That is 97% of minutes and with two games for Brazil during the international break, the holding midfielder might not be able to hold out much longer as fatigue sets in.

Share of minutes this season for Real Madrid

Player Min. Percentage
Casemiro 960 97,0%
Benzema 881 89,0%
Ramos 870 87,9%
Kroos 836 84,4%
Varane 810 81,8%
Courtois 765 77,3%
Carvajal 720 72,7%
Bale 596 60,2%
Hazard 425 42,9%
James 411 41,5%
Marcelo 405 40,9%
Vinicius 394 39,8%
Lucas V. 364 36,8%
Odriozola 344 34,7%
Militao 300 30,3%
Valverde 286 28,9%
Jovic 284 28,7%
Mendy 270 27,3%
Modric 246 24,8%
Nacho 225 22,7%
Areola 225 22,7%
Isco 170 17,2%
Rodrygo 43 4,3%
Brahim 9 0,9%
Mariano 0 0,0%

Total minutes possible: 990.

Source: Opta.

During the international break before the most recent one, he travelled 20,000 kilometres to play against Peru and Colombia in two friendles. In the last international break, he travelled 23,000 kilometres to play in Singapore against Senegal and Nigeria. 

Players most used by Real Madrid in recent years

Season. Games played Min. Manager Player Minutes player %
19-20 11 990 Zidane Casemiro 960 97,0%
18-191 12 1.110 Lopetegui Ramos 1.020 91,9%
17-18 13 1.170 Zidane Ramos 1.079 92,2%
16-172 11 1.020 Zidane Carvajal 885 86,8%
15-16 10 900 Benítez CR y Keylor 900 100,0%

In the last four years only two players have played a higher percentage of games by the time the third Champions League game came around. It was under Rafa Benítez in 2015-16 when Keylor Navas and Cristiano Ronaldo both participated in all of the 900 minutes that Real Madrid played. Sergio Ramos was the most used played by Zidane before Casemiro's feat this season. Ramos played 1,079 of the 1,170 possible back in 2017-18. No other player has reached 90% under Zidane.

After Casemiro, the most used by Zidane are: Benzema (881 minutes, 89%), Ramos (870', 87,9%), Kroos (836', 84,4%) and Varane (810', 81,8%).