Real Madrid have started the 2019/20 season in the midst of an injury crisis, and it’s only getting worse with Luka Modric now added to the club’s lengthening injury list.
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in the adductor of his right leg, although there is expected to be a further evaluation made in the coming hours.
The timing of this ailment is far from ideal, especially with the Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain on the horizon.
Modric will certainly miss the weekend clash with Levante, and it remains to be seen whether or not he will be in any fit state to compete in the aforementioned continental tie.
He played for Croatia against Azerbaijan on Monday, but upon his return to the Spanish capital he didn’t train with the full group, rather focusing on gym work alone.
Zinedine Zidane must feel like he has had one long headache for the duration of the season thus far; not only did he not get his primary transfer target in Paul Pogba, but he has been forced to constantly shuffle his team due to fitness and injury concerns.
In midfield, the French coach is now without Modric and Isco, whilst Casemiro and Fede Valverde both arrived back from international duty late on Wednesday and have very little time to recover before the Levante fixture.
James Rodriguez has returned from injury, though, and should be available for selection for the next two matches.
Los Blancos have already racked up 11 injuries to start the campaign, with the most notable being that suffered by Eden Hazard.
An expecting Estadio Santiago Bernabeu crowd has yet to see the club’s record signing in a competitive match, although the Belgian is nearing a return.
The month of September is hardly shaping up to be kind to Los Blancos either, with five LaLiga Santander matches to go along with the sole Champions League clash against the French champions.
In those league matches, they will face Sevilla and Atletico Madrid to name just two opponents, with Zidane in need of some positive results, and quickly.
Modric‘s ailment, rather curiously, is the eighth muscle injury of the season, which is a concern behind the scenes at Valdebebas.
Has Los Blancos‘ pre-season been too vigorous? Have Real Madrid‘s methods of last summer really dropped in intensity that much from Zidane‘s first tenure?
Gregory Dupont arrived in the Spanish capital as the club’s conditioning coach in the summer, and he was highly rated after spells with Lille, Celtic and the French national team, however he is looked upon with unease after the raft of injuries since he came in.