Real Madrid have serious problems ahead of the trip to Villarreal in La Liga. Odriozola, Sergio Ramos, Militao, Casemiro, Fede Valverde, Luka Jovic and Karim Benzema are all out.
Zidane will be forced to make changes to his XI for the game with Villarreal. The attack is the area of the pitch they are weakest after Jovic and Benzema’s confirmed absences.
The Serbian striker was in the headlines on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19. Everything seems to suggest that Jovic will not be able to play until at least the start of December.
Benzema, who trained on his own on Friday, has been left out of the squad. Zidane did not want to force the Frenchman as he is a key player for Real Madrid. Zidane hopes he will be fit for the Champions League clash with Inter Milan.
Mariano Diaz will, therefore, be the only ‘9’ fit to play this Saturday (16.15 CET), Odriozola, Ramos and Fede Valverde will all miss the trip through injury.
The main new inclusions are those of Hazard, Carvajal and Nacho. Altube, Chust and Aranda are included from the academy while Casemiro and Militao have stayed in Madrid due to inconclusive PCR tests on Friday.