Zinedine Zidane

Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has said he is frustrated at Real Madrid’s growing injury concerns after Ferland Mendy will miss Wednesday’s match against Osasuna in La Liga.

The French coach said he was frustrated but not worried at club’s increasing injury list this season after news came out that defender Ferland Mendy will miss Wednesday’s crucial clash with Osasuna.

Real Madrid has had endured a difficult start to the football season, with other players in the first team squad picking up more than ten different injury problems between them so far.

As for French left-back Mendy, this is the second muscle injury he has picked up since moving to Real Madrid from Lyon in the summer transfer window.

Real Madrid fortified their squad during the 2019 summer window. Players such as Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, and Eder were brought in. However, the growing injury list has been a huge hindrance for them. Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio has been lost to a long-term knee injury, which he got during the preseason.

Zidane said at a news conference: “It frustrates me so much because I don’t want my players to sustain injuries, but it’s a part of football. However, it doesn’t worry me.”

“Hopefully it’s just one of those little things that can occur because games at this level can take a lot out of you. I am frustrated that Ferland is out injured again because he was playing very well and excited to be here. We need to have patience and let him recover.”

Zidane hinted there is a chance that midfielders Luka Modric and Isco could be fit for the game against Osasuna after the pair had missed the club’s last four league games. He also spoke about Marcelo’s back problem, which saw the Brazilian left-back miss the last game, might not be as severe as they first feared.

“They are getting better,” Zidane added. “The three of them are on the verge of teaming up with the rest of the squad, and we will see what we will do in the game against Osasuna.”

Real are second in the La Liga table with 11 points, behind current leaders Athletic Bilbao on goal difference.

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