Kroos joins Madrid injury list

Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Toni Kroos has joined Real Madrid’s injury list ahead of their trip to Alaves on Saturday.

The German midfielder, who did not train on Friday, sits out the game alongside Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo, Theo Hernandez, Jesus Vallejo and Karim Benzema.

Meanwhile, Moroccan full-back Achraf Hakimi is set to play in place of Dani Carvajal at right-back, with the Spain international reported by Diario AS as being rested.

“Toni is unavailable, he had a rib problem after Wednesday and we won’t risk him,” Zidane told a press conference.

“Hopefully he’s back with us on Tuesday (against Borussia Dortmund).

“Having injuries is always frustrating but over the course of a season this can happen and we must be able to deal with it.

“These things happen in football and right now we are in a bad moment, but I am very happy with how we are playing and what we are doing.

“La Liga has just begun and it’s a very long season, every team has bad patches so it is premature to rush to conclusions – we always have the aim of winning our next game.

“Coming up against Enzo? I am very happy for him of course but I hope he does not score – we will both aim for our respective sides to win.”

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