Injuries force Zidane to stick with youth team players

None of the many injured key Real Madrid players have recovered in time for the weekend's LaLiga clash against Real Valladolid.

Modric y Kroos, en un lance del entrenamiento.

As Real Madrid prepare for Saturday's trip to the José Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, once again Zidane must make do without the likes Hazard, Rodrygo, Valverde, Odriozola, Militao along with Ramos, Marcelo and Carvajal who are all absent through injury. The first five are working in the gym and hope to rejoin the squad next week with both Militao and Odriozola now running and working their way back from their muscular issues.

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
1Atlético 55 17 4 1
2Real Madrid 49 15 4 4
3Barcelona 46 14 4 4
Full standing
Next matches
Real Valladolid - Real Madrid S-20/02 21:00
Real Madrid - R. Sociedad L-01/03 21:00
Atlético - Real Madrid D-07/03 16:15

*Update 18 de febrero de 2021

None of the eight players are expected to be ready for Saturday's game with Tuesday's trip to Bérgamo looming next week as Real Madrid face atalanta in the Round of 16 in the Champions League. The light on the horizon for Zizou is the likelihood of Fede Valverde being ready to travel with the squad for the European clash.

For Saturday's LaLiga test, Zidane only has 14 regular first team players available and will call upon the Real Madrid Castilla squad as he did for recent games against Getafe (with Chust, Miguel Gutiérrez, Blanco, Arribas and Marvin) getting a call-up with Chust, Miguel Gutiérrez and Arribas being recalled for the game against Valencia.